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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 134981.015 Event: 04/17/2021Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Glass Panes
At 1:05 p.m. on April 17, 2021, an employee was transporting panes of glass on a highway and reported in that he was going to perform a routine flatbed load ins pection that is required every 3 hours or 150 miles. The employee pulled over to the side of the highway to perform the required load check and, for unknown rea sons, unsecured both cargo straps that held the panes of glass to the trailer. D ue to the slope of where the employee pulled over and no tension on the cargo st raps, the panes of glass fell from the trailer on top of the employee. The emplo yee was trained on how to handle, inspect, and transport this particular kind of load. The employee died of multiple fractures, lacerations, and punctures from the impact of the falling glass and impact with the ground.
Keywords: broken glass, falling object, flatbed truck, fracture, laceration, puncture, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1526447.015 Fatality Truck drivers, heavy

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