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Accident: 125891960 - Employee Killed When Struck By Drive Shaft Part

Accident: 125891960 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 11/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12589196011/17/19977549Statewide Towing & Recovery
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on November 17, 1997, Employee #1, a tow truck operator, was disconnecting the drive shaft from the truck's differential unit when a section of the drive shaft was ejected from the universal joint and struck him in the head. He was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Fontana, where he was pronounced dead. Employee #1 had not released the brakes, which resulted in the torque loading of the four-section drive shaft.
Keywords: head, repair, unsecured, work rules, high pressure, struck by, tow truck, flying object, drive shaft, truck driver
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125891960 Fatality Concussion Truck drivers, heavy

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