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Accident: 201340015 - Employee Killed When Trash Truck Falls Off Jacks

Accident: 201340015 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 05/06/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10658867605/13/19964953W.K. Services
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on May 6, 1996, Employee #1 was cutting a U-bolt so he could adjust the suspension system springs on a 28,000 lb trash truck. He had one jack under the axle on the side of the truck where he was working, and all of the tires removed. When the U-bolt was cut, the tension on the springs was apparently released, and the axle twisted. This caused the truck to fall off the jack, pinning Employee #1 to the ground. He died of crushing injuries to his chest. Two industrial frame jacks, and two axle jacks rated for 40,000 lb, had been available, but Employee #1 had not used either of them.
Keywords: chest, garbage truck, maintenance, automotive repair, unsecured, pinned, work rules, falling object, jack, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106588676 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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