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Accident: 64970.015 - Truck Driver Is Struck By A Load Of Topsoil And Is Killed

Accident: 64970.015 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 07/18/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
985802.01507/21/2014Troy Top Soil Co., Inc.
At 7:30 a.m. on July 18, 2014, an employee was working for a specialized local f reight trucking firm. He drove his truck up a hill to the landfill, raised the d ump bed and emptied his load of topsoil ("ash"). It was wet topsoil from the sew er district. The employee climbed out of the truck and went to the back of the t ruck to see if the trailer was fully empty. As he was standing between the tailg ate and the bed of the trailer, some of the material stuck at the front of the b ox (above him) came loose and slid down the bed of the trailer. The soil struck the employee in the chest and stomach. He fell backward onto the pile and became buried in it. Only his gloved hand was sticking out of the pile of soil. He sus tained blunt force trauma to his brain, chest, and abdomen and he was killed.
Keywords: abdomen, brain, buried, chest, crushed, crushing, dump truck, dump truck bed, elderly, falling object, motor vehicle, truck, truck driver, unstable load
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 985802.015 77 M Fatality Truck drivers, heavy

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