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Accident: 14429682 - Employee Killed By Falling Truck When Jack Tips Over

Accident: 14429682 -- Report ID: 0830600 -- Event Date: 02/29/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10954896603/11/19965015Salida Auto Salvage, Inc.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on February 29, 1996, Employee #1 was underneath a full-size 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck, attempting to remove a transmission line. The truck, which was located in a dirt yard area, had been elevated using a Hi-Lift deluxe model jack. The truck's front wheels had been removed, and the back wheels were not chocked. When the jack tipped over, the truck fell on Employee #1's head. There were no witnesses to the accident and Employee #1 had been dead for more than 30 minutes when found by his employer. The jack in use, rated for a maximum weight of 7,100 lb, was inappropriate for the task. According to the employer, proper procedure called for the use of shop-made wheel rim stands to support and secure that type of vehicle. These stands were available, but were not used by Employee #1. The load capacity for these stands was not known by the employer or the other employees. The toxicology report indicated no drugs or alcohol in Employee #1's system. The employer reported the fatality to OSHA on March 8, 1996.
Keywords: head, repair, automotive repair, work rules, struck by, pickup truck, falling object, jack, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109548966 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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