A day laborer dies when he is pinned between a loading dock and a backing truck.
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 12CA009, 2013 Oct; :1-6
A day laborer died when he was pinned between a loading dock and a backing truck. The victim was hired while standing in front of a home and garden store. His job was to load and unload trucks at a warehouse. He was attempting to climb up on a loading dock as a truck was backing up and was pinned between the two. The truck had rear-view mirrors on both sides of the truck as well as a working audible back-up alarm. The driver did not see the victim because he was in the truck's blind spot. The contributing factor identified in this investigation was a worker in the backing zone of a truck with a blind spot. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers with loading docks should: 1. Ensure that administrative procedures or engineering devices are in place to assist drivers of backing trucks. In addition, employers who hire day laborers should: 1. Ensure they receive safety training and are competent in the work they are hired to perform.
Region-9; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Employee-exposure; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Motor-vehicles; Warehousing; Training; Engineering-controls; Safety-engineering; Safety-education; Safety-practices
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute