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Hispanic laborer crushed between lift arms and frame of skid-steer loader.

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 12NJ010, 2013 Aug; :1-9
A 34-year-old Hispanic male laborer at a snow removal company died after being crushed between the lift arms and the chassis of a small skid-steer loader at a maintenance/storage yard. On the day of the incident, the decedent was attempting to repair the pedal of the skid-steer loader that controls the raising and lowering of the lift arms. In order to access the pedal for repairs, the victim attached a three-ton overhead chain hoist to the skid-steer loader to lift the bucket. As he was repairing the pedal, the bucket/lift arms came free of the hoist, dropped down, and crushed the victim. Contributing Factors: 1. Overhead hazard, not using lift-arm stops; 2. Working alone. NJ FACE investigators recommend that these safety guidelines be followed to prevent similar incidents: 1. When maintenance is performed on a skid-steer loader and the bucket needs to be raised, lift-arm support devices must be in place. 2. Do not work alone when conducting tasks in potentially hazardous situations. 3. Employers should ensure that all equipment be in sound operating condition; maintenance on heavy machinery should be conducted by a well-trained, qualified person. 4. 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-12NJ010; 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
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