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Accident: 98052.015 - Employee Arm Is Crushed When Struck By A Side Arm Of A Refug

Accident: 98052.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 08/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1253949.01508/10/2017Allied Waste Systems, Inc.
At approximately 11:34 p.m. on August 1st, 2017, an employee was working to iden tify a potential hydraulic leak on the side arm of the Refuge Truck Number 2401. A coworker was assisting and helped identify a potential location where leaks o ften occur, which was at a cap/bolt on top of the arm. The employee lifted the s ide arm and began to loosen the bolt, when the hydraulic pressure suddenly relea sed, the side arm came down, crushing the employee's right arm between the side arm and the cab of the truck. The local Fire Department had to use the Jaws of L ife to get the employee out, and he was eventually air lifted to a nearby hospit al. There were no immediate witnesses to the incident and weather was not a fact or. The employee was trained in general lockout/tagout, but was unfamiliar with the hydraulic system on this truck and was unsure how to properly control the en ergy.
Keywords: crushed, garbage truck, hydraulic fluid, lockout/tagout, pressure release, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1253949.015 20 M Hospitalized injury Mechanical engineering technicians

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