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Accident: 130764.015 - Employee Is Killed When Caught Between Truck And Pole

Accident: 130764.015 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 10/28/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1500103.01510/29/2020Jmf Underground, Incorporated
At 3:00 p.m. on October 28, 2020, Employee #1, employed by an underground constr uction company, was working alone to connect a 2013 CAM Superline flatbed traile r to a 2007 9200i International tractor truck. The equipment was in a staging a rea on a private lot and was needed at a worksite one mile away. The driveway o f the staging area sloped downward to a public road, and the truck faced this do wnward slope. The connection between the truck and trailer consisted of a pintl e hitch on the truck and a lunette ring on the trailer, as well as air lines for service and emergency/parking brakes, an electric cable for lights, and chains to secure the pintle coupling. After backing up the truck to the trailer to mak e the pintle connection, the employee set the truck's parking brake and exited t he truck's cab to raise the trailer's jacks and connect the air lines, electric cable, and chains. After connecting the trailer to the truck, the employee got back into the truck and attempted to drive the truck out from the staging area. However, the trailer brakes would not release. The employee exited the truck c ab to investigate. The truck's engine was running and in neutral, but the truck 's parking brake was not set, and the truck's wheels were not chocked. Employee #1 took action to release the trailer brakes, whereupon the truck and trailer c ombination began to roll forward down the driveway. The employee ran alongside the truck and tried to get into the truck's cab to control/stop the runaway truc k and trailer. The truck and trailer rolled from the private lot staging area, across the public roadway, and down into a field where a wood utility pole with guy wire stood. The employee was caught between the driver side cab and the uti lity pole. Employee #1 sustained multiple traumatic injuries to the chest and m idsection and was killed.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, brake, caught between, chest, chock, construction, construction vehicle, couplings, crushed, equipment operator, guy, lost control, pinched, torso, tractor trailer, truck driver, unsecured, utility
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition   0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1500103.015 58 M Fatality Truck drivers, heavy FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite

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