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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 133076.015 Event: 01/23/2021Trucking Company Employee Is Crushed Between Two Vehicles
At 3:30 p.m. on January 23, 2021, an employee was working as a dispatch manager for a local general freight trucking company. A truck driver had been assigned t o transport a pre-loaded 51 foot (15.5 meter) trailer that was staged in the lot . The truck driver could not connect the truck's wiring harness to the trailer, because the electrical socket on the trailer was broken. The truck driver made a phone call and sent a photo of the damaged plug to the office, located at an ad jacent lot. The dispatch manager left the office and drove his personal vehicle over to the trailer. He flagged down the driver of a jockey truck that was drivi ng in the area and spoke him. The dispatch manager asked the driver if he could assist him to make sure the electrical connection was working, and the driver ag reed to do so. The driver of the jockey truck made his maneuver and backed up to ward the trailer. According to the driver, he was reversing slowly, checking his left and right mirrors, and looking through the truck's rear window while linin g up and reversing. The driver indicated that he was unaware that the dispatch m anager was positioned between the trailer and his truck while it was in reverse. As the jockey truck driver continued to back up, the dispatch manager was pinne d and crushed between the rear of the jockey truck and the trailer. He was hospi talized. He died from his injuries.
Keywords: backing up, caught between, crushed, driver, obstructed rear view, pinned, poor visibility, struck by, tractor trailer, trailer, trailer truck, truck
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1511269.015 Fatality Dispatchers

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