Equipment Operator Dies from Burns after a Hydraulic Line Burst on a Bulldozer and Sprayed Hydraulic Fluid Across the Exhaust Manifold. The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Report

In September 2005, a bulldozer operator was fatally burned when a hydraulic line on the bulldozer burst and sprayed hydraulic fluid across the exhaust manifold. This feature presents the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) report on this accident. NIOSH made several recommendations based on the accident investigation. First, employers should ensure that mobile construction equipment is inspected daily and that defective equipment is reported and removed from service until all needed repairs are made. Second, employers should ensure that safety service notices issued by equipment manufacturers are followed and that the necessary modifications are performed. Third, employers should develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive written safety and health program for all workers, which include training in hazard recognition and the avoidance of unsafe conditions.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 36-46
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  • Accession Number: 01099098
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 2008 10:24PM