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Preventing Deaths and Injuries to Public Workers While Working Around Mobile Equipment. HAZARD WARNING! Workers who work with or around mobile equipment are at risk of serious injury or death.
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Preventing Deaths and Injuries to Public Workers While Working Around Mobile Equipment
Workers who work with or around mobile equipment are at risk of serious injury or death.About how many workers in the U.S. are killed each year because of being struck by vehicles & mobile equipment while on the job ?
Around 400 workers are killed on the job each year when they are struck by vehicles or mobile equipment. These workers leave behind countless family members. The tragedy here is that these deaths can be prevented. Workers have been killed when struck by vehicles whose drivers did not see them. In many of these cases, the workers killed were standing, walking, or working around vehicles that were backing up.
In January 2004, a 42 year old male machine operator, who was hired by a liquid deicer distributing company as a subcontractor, died after he was run over by a front-end loader at a city salt stockyard in New York. On the day of the incident, the victim was providing customer service at the stockyard including operating a conveyor mixing system to treat salt with the deicer. While the victim was walking around the salt pile, a city equipment operator backed a loader out of a storage shed and struck the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Who is at risk?
Many different workers are at risk including Laborers, Flaggers, equipment operators, Supervisors, Surveyors, and other related contractor staff, Any other person in work area.
Are you at risk?
Have you ever had an accident or near-miss accident that involved mobile equipment?
Do you look up when hear a backup alarm?
What are some of the work activities you and your co-workers do that put you at risk?
Have you ever observed other engaging in risky behavior?
Can you think of anyone that does not belong on a work site?