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Accident: 964809 - Employee Killed By Backing Trash Truck

Accident: 964809 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 08/10/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10445252908/13/19914953Waste Management Of Montgomery County
Employee #1, a helper on a rear loading trash truck, was directing the driver to back up when a customer came toward them from a residence with a bag of trash. Employee #1 got the trash bag, went back to the truck, and signaled the driver to continue backing up at the same time as he was tossing the bag into the rear. Two bottles fell out of the bag and rolled behind the truck. Employee #1 attempted to retrieve the bottles without telling the driver, and was struck and killed by the backing truck. The employer has a safety and health policy as well as a backing policy.
Keywords: back-up alarm, garbage truck, signalman, work rules, struck by, communication, backing up
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104452529 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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