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Heavy equipment operator killed when ejected from cab.

Michigan State University
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 10MI038, 2012 Aug; :1-9
In the spring of 2010, a male heavy equipment operator in his 30's died when he was ejected from the driver's seat of a Daewoo loader equipped with a tree fork, then pinned under the driver's side rear tire. The decedent, who was an authorized operator of the loader, fueled the loader at the fueling station located at the top of a hill. After fueling, he proceeded down the steep hill's logging road to begin work at the bottom of the hill. It is unknown if, at the fueling station, he attached his seat belt. It appears that at one point during his descent, the decedent either lost control of the loader or attempted to apply the brakes, which were non-functional. The loader began to gather speed and began to "bunny hop" or "buck" after it struck a dirt berm. The loader's fork marks were found on the path of his descent. Witnesses observed the decedent "bouncing around" in the operator cab as the loader proceeded down the slope. When the decedent and the machine reached the bottom of the hill, the decedent was ejected either through the front windshield or the operator door. The loader struck an excavator parked at the base of the hill, rolled back, and came to rest. The decedent was pinned under the driver's side rear tire. Emergency response was called and the decedent was declared dead at the scene. Factors in the incident: 1. Equipment not appropriately maintained. 2. Seat belt not worn.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Training; Safety-belts; Traumatic-injuries; Drug-abuse; Drugs; Author Keywords: Front end loader; seatbelt use; brake malfunction; drugs; construction
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-10MI038; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466; B20121218D
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division