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Accident: 964635 - Employee Killed When Thrown From Garbage Truck

Accident: 964635 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 08/20/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10445255208/26/19914953Laidlaw Waste Systems, Inc

Employee #1 was riding on the left rear step of a garbage truck. The truck driver began turning into a street, then realized it was the wrong street and swerved back out onto the road. The right rear wheels of the truck struck a 7-in.-high curb, causing the truck to bounce severely. Employee #1 was thrown from the truck onto the asphalt roadway. He struck his head and was killed. A subsequent police investigation revealed that the driver was operating under the influence of alcohol. The employer had a safety and hazard policy and program that includes biweekly meetings. It did not permit employees to ride on the rear steps at certain speeds or to travel distances of more than 0.2 miles. The employer also had a strict alcohol and drug policy.

Keywords: garbage truck, head, alcohol, work rules, struck against, riding on equipment, intoxicated, fall

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104452552 Fatality Other Garbage collectors

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