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52-year-old public employee dies after being crushed between dumpster and rails of roll-off truck.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 11NJ020, 2012 Nov; :1-12
A 52-year-old male public employee was crushed to death between the truck bed and the dumpster of a roll-off truck. On the day of the incident, the decedent was dumping a load of leaves at the recycling yard of a Department of Public Works (DPW) in southern New Jersey. A co-worker who found the victim pinned between the rails and the truck bed called 9-1-1. Emergency personnel arrived, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Contributing Factors: 1. The truck was not the unit that the victim usually operated. 2. Slippery/muddy conditions. 3. Worker was outside cab with Power Take Off (PTO) on. NJ FACE investigators recommend that these safety guidelines be followed to prevent similar incidents: 1. Roll-off truck operators should only use the external hydraulic controls when absolutely necessary and if so, with extra caution. If an operator is not intending on utilizing the external controls and is exiting the cab, the Power Take-Off (PTO) should be disengaged. 2. All parts and equipment on the roll-off truck should meet appropriate specifications as specified in 49 CFR 393.203. 3. A safety and health plan based on a job hazard analysis should be developed by the employer and followed where workers are assigned tasks.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-11NJ020; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008485; B20130124
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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