To download SafetyWatch’s English PDF for printing or sharing click here To download a Spanish PDF click here. The accident was a worker operating a compressor on a dirt slope as part of a freeway expansion. While supporting the unit for another pass, the compressor slipped off the edge of the road surface and deflected, partially tossing it from the machine and stuck under the overturning protective housing. The bottom line: A post-accident investigation found that although the contractor had requested that all safety equipment be used while the machine was in operation, the victim was not wearing a seat belt while working. In addition, the locked cab door was open. When the compressor rear tires slid off the edge of the ramp, the unrestricted agent was partially ejected from the open cab door, and then installed under the compressor protective housing. She was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries to the torso. Survival Although you cannot always prevent an accident, you can take steps to avoid or reduce injury before you start working. Use your eyes and ears. Don’t get caught in the feeling of safety as you are working on a relatively flat surface at a slow pace. Be aware of what is in front of and behind you, and always ensure that your pressurized wheels remain in contact with the road surface. Use all required safety equipment. In this assignment, the contractor requested the use of seat belts while operating the equipment, however the worker failed to follow these instructions and was thrown from the cabin during the overturn. Also, the operator locked the door open, perhaps for convenience or visibility. Closing and closing the door while the machine is in operation may prevent you from falling out of the cab during tipping. Use common sense. During a rollover, it is tempting to try to exit the cab and jump away from the ROPS; However, this is more dangerous than staying in the cab. ROPS is specially designed to help you survive these situations. In the event of a rollover, do not jump, maintain a seat belt, pull your knees and elbows close to your body, then hold steady while bending away from the bumps.