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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170179410 Event: 09/19/1991Employee Dies Of Asphyxia When Pinned By Truck Lift Gate
Between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on September 19, 1991, Employee #1, a self-employed used appliance repairman, leaned over his Ford truck's lift gate to push a washing machine tub into the back of the truck. Employee #1's stomach contacted the control lever and activated the lift gate. Employee #1 became pinned between the lift gate on the left rear side and the left upright of the truck cover. Employee #1 was asphyxiatedwhen all the air was squeezed out of his lungs. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office (coroner) took custody of Employee #1's body.
Keywords: loading, asphyxiated, tailgate, pinned, control lever, caught between, truck, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111993929 Fatality Asphyxia Technicians, n.e.c.

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