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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14423230 Event: 06/29/1994Employee Crushed To Death When Hydraulic Line Fails
Employee #1, a driver of a tractor trailer, was delivering rock to a batch plant in a 37 foot frameless dump trailer. The hydraulic lift controls are located on the rear of the tractor's frame, so that the operator stands between the tractor's rear dual tires and the diesel fuel saddle tank. When the trailer had been raised to approximately 80 percent of its fully raised position, the hydraulic line that ran from the controller to the trailer ruptured. The complete loss of hydraulic pressure caused the trailer to fall, pushing the tractor suddenly forward and crushing the employee under the rear tractor dual tires. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: delivery work, hydraulic lift, equipment operator, equipment failure, hydraulic line, rupture, crushed, tractor trailer, falling object, truck driver
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106584899 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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