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Accident: 14414643 - Construction Worker Killed When Caught In Truck Pto Shaft

Accident: 14414643 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 01/08/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10087848701/12/19882679James River Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10188749501/11/19881761St. Louis Blow Pipe
AT APPROXIMATELY 1:45 PM ON JANUARY 8, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 HAD FINISHED LOADING A 16 FOOT FLATBED TRUCK. THE TRUCK WAS EQUIPPED WITH A HYDRAULIC POWER TAKE-OFF WHICH OPERATES THE TAILGATE LIFT. THE CONTROL LEVER FOR THIS POWER UNIT WAS NOT WORKING PROPERLY, SO EMPLOYEE #1 CRAWLED UNDER THE TRUCK TO MANUALLY DISENGAGE THE ROTATING DRIVE SHAFT. THE TRUCK WAS IN NEUTRAL WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING, AND THE POWER TAKE-OFF DRIVE SHAFT WAS TURNING. HE CAUGHT HIS COAT SLEEVE ON THE ROTATING SHAFT AND WAS PULLED INTO A SMALL SPACE BETWEEN THE TRUCK FRAME AND THE DRIVE SHAFT. EMPLOYEE #1 SUFFERED SEVERE HEAD AND NECK INJURIES AND WAS DEAD WHEN FOUND.
Keywords: head, rotating shaft, work rules, entangled, power take-off, clothing, control lever, truck, neck, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100878487 Occupation Not Listed
2 101887495 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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