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Accident: 25775.015 - Employee Is Crushed And Killed By A Roll Over Refuse Truck.

Accident: 25775.015 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 08/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
588964.01508/20/2012Waste Pro Usa, Inc.
On August 17, 2012, Employee #1 was working for a firm that picked up garbage. H e was part of a two-man crew operating a recycling vehicle along an unimproved r esidential roadway. Employee #1 was working as a helper, and his coworker was dr iving the truck. This stretch of road was part of their normal weekly route. The vehicle had dual steering wheels, and brake and gas pedals. It could be operate d from both the left-hand and right-hand operator compartments. The driver provi ded a narrative of what happened. At the time of the incident, the vehicle was b eing driven by the primary driver from the left-hand crew compartment. As the ve hicle approached two recycling bins on the side of the road, Employee #1, who wa s sitting in the right-hand seat of the crew compartment, used the steering whee l to help lift himself to a standing position. This act caused the vehicle to sw erve to the right and into a swale along the roadside. The driver overcorrected to the left, and that the vehicle rolled over. Employee #1, standing in the fron t right-hand crew compartment of the trash truck, was ejected and pinned under t he vehicle from the waist down. A motorist stopped at the accident scene and cal led emergency medical services. The police and the fire department rescue squad arrived shortly thereafter. According to the driver, paramedics said that Employ ee #1 died at the scene. Paramedics questioned the driver at the scene for appro ximately three hours after they arrived. The driver added that neither he nor Em ployee #1 were wearing seatbelts. Wearing a seatbelt is not a provision of ANSI consensus standards. The company does not require the use of a seatbelt when the vehicle is making frequent stops to pick up recycled material.
Keywords: crushed, ejected, emergency response, garbage truck, lost control, motor vehicle, pinned, steering wheel, traffic accident
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 588964.015 50 M Fatality Garbage collectors

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