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Accident: 923532 - Employee Killed When He Backs Truck Off Barge

Accident: 923532 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 01/24/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30101794301/24/19974491Crowley American Transport, Inc.

Employee #1 was using a capacity trailer spotting tractor truck, or trailer jockey, company #843 to off-load trailers from the San Juan barge. To unload the barge, drivers drove to the second level of a three-level concrete ramp that had an 11 in. high curb equipped with a metal guardrail. At each level of the ramp, there was an opening to the barge. Following company procedures, Employee #1 drove his truck to the edge of the second ramp so he could back up onto the barge and complete his final trip; however, Employee #1 accidentally backed the truck over the curb and through the guardrail. The truck fell 22 feet to the ground. Employee #1, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed. The truck's brakes appeared to be in good condition, and the truck had operated without problems before the accident. Employee #1 may have thought that he had put the truck in reverse gear, or something may have been under the brake pedal that prevented him from depressing it.

Keywords: longshoring, barge, brake, ramp, work rules, seat belt, fall, off loading, tractor, inattention

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301017943 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Stevedores

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