A worker was leaning over the engine of a skid-steer loader, troubleshooting a mechanical problem. The loader operator was seated in the cab with the engine running. The boom lock pins were not engaged to prevent the loader's lift arms from moving. The lift arms lowered unexpectedly, pinning the worker between the crossbar of the lift arms and the engine compartment. The worker suffered fatal injuries.
Safe work practices:
- Never work on mobile equipment with the engine running. Before servicing a skid-steer loader, set the parking brake, lower the bucket flat to the ground, turn off the engine, and remove the key from the ignition.
- Authorize only adequately instructed and trained workers—who must also demonstrate competency—to operate and service equipment.
- Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions for operating and servicing equipment.
- Inform all workers of the health and safety hazards to which they are exposed when operating equipment. Provide workers with the information, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their safety when using equipment.
- Instruct workers to report any unsafe conditions. Do not allow workers to operate malfunctioning equipment.
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