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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 133168.015 Event: 02/05/2021Employee Is Killed When Struck By Compact Track Loader
At 3:40 p.m. on February 5, 2021, an employee, Coworker #1 and Coworker #2 were working to clear snow from the parking lot and loading dock area of a logistics company. Coworker #1 operated a Freightliner semi-truck to move trailers while t he employee worked to connect and disconnect trailers including raising/lowering landing gear, connecting/disconnecting airlines and closing trailer doors when needed. Coworker #2 was operating a Kubota Compact Track Loader (CTL) Model SVL7 5-2 with a snowplow attachment. At the time of the incident, most of the parkin g lot was cleared except the loading dock area. The employee had connected a tra iler to Coworker #1's truck. Coworker #1 drove forward and stopped with the back of the trailer approximately 25' to 35' away from the dock. The employee walke d to the back of the trailer and was closing the trailer doors as Coworker #2 wa s driving the CTL towards the dock and in order to drag snow away from tffhe doc k. Coworker #2 struck the back of the trailer with the CTL catching the employee between the CTL and the trailer and killing him. The employee was wearing refle ctive clothing. The CTL was equipped with a flashing light and an audible backup alarm which was not functioning during the a test conducted the day after the accident.
Keywords: avulsion, back, crushed, dock, driver, fracture, loader, loading dock, material handling, motor vehicle, pinned, poor visibility, snowplow blade, struck against, struck by, tractor trailer, tractor--truck, trailer, tra
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1514139.015 Fatality

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