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Accident: 690925 - Heavy Metal Pipe Fell On Employee, Crushing Him To Death

Accident: 690925 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 08/22/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10210503808/22/19869111Orem City
EMPLOYEE #1, A LONG HAUL TRUCK DRIVER, WAS HELPING AN EMPLOYEE OF OREM CITY UNLOAD SIGNAL-LIGHT ARMS FROM THE BED OF A TRAILER. THEY HAD UNLOADED 9 OF THE ARMS. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING ON TOP OF THE 8 REMAINING POLES. THE OREM CITY EMPLOYEE (A FORKLIFT OPERATOR) PLACED THE FORKLIFT FORKS UNDER AN ARM AND RAISED IT ABOUT 2 FEET OFF THE TRUCK BED. THE ARM WAS BOWED SO THAT ITS ENDS REMAINED ON THE TRAILER. THE HEAVY END (THE FRONT) FELL OFF THE RIGHT FRONT CORNER OF THE TRAILER, CAUSING THE REAR (LIGHT) END TO JERK UP. EMPLOYEE #1 EITHER HELD ONTO, OR WAS STRUCK BY, THE LIGHT END OF THE ARM AS IT ROSE. HE FELL OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAILER ALONG WITH THE LIGHT ARM. THE LIFT OPERATOR WENT TO EMPLOYEE #1'S ASSISTANCE AND FOUND HIM LYING ON THE GROUND WITH THE 700 POUND PIPE ON HIS CHEST. HE DIED FROM MULTIPLE INJURIES, INCLUDING NUMEROUS BROKEN RIBS, A SEVERED SPINE AND CRUSHED LUNGS.
Keywords: chest, fracture, crushed, industrial truck, struck by, falling object, unstable load
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102105038 Fatality Other Truck drivers, heavy

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