Avoiding Fatalities: Worker Dies After Being Run Over by a Caterpiller

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Summary Statement

This animated video was based on a NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) accident report (specifically, Taken from FACE summary – Minnesota Case Report 97MN047). The video follows the course of the accident and subsequent fatality, and provides recommendations designed to control or eliminate the identified risk.


A 46 year old worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained after being run over by a caterpillar at a construction site. On the day of the incident, workers were preparing the base for new asphalt roadways in a residential housing development. The victim’s job was to work near the caterpillar and advise the operator if the material being added was level or not in preparation for laying the curbing. The operator of the caterpillar was aware that the victim was working behind the caterpillar, but he didn’t realize how close to the caterpillar he was. The operator of the caterpillar had been driving forward when he looked back and noticed that the victim had been run over. Another coworker placed a 911 call and emergency personnel arrived shortly after being called and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.


The video was created by ARTBA as a part of the FHWA Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-11-H-00029 and the OSHA Cooperative Agreement SH-24861-13-60-F-11. More FACE reports can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/.
April 2, 2015

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