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Accident: 14512701 - Employee Killed When Head Crushed By Dump Truck Bed

Accident: 14512701 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 07/01/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
131895507/01/19851623Knaus Construction Co Inc
Employee #1,a dump truck driver, found the safety cable attached to his truck's bed was caught on a nut protruding from an air brake cylinder. This apparent malfunction of the safety cable meant that the bed could be raised only 20 1/2 inches, preventing the truck from dropping its load. Employee #1 reached between the frame and the truck bed to disengage the safety cable. The cable was also attached to the hydraulic lift ram, and when the driver dislodged the cable the ram bled off and the truck bed suddenly dropped. Employee #1's head was crushed between the frame of the truck and its bed. He was killed.
Keywords: hydraulic ram, head, work rules, construction, crushed, dump truck, falling object, mech malfunction, dump truck bed, truck driver
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1318955 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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