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Setting the parking brake would have saved him: a true story.

Authors
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Source
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-122-2013, 2013 Jul; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20044674
Abstract
An experienced 69-year-old truck driver was killed when he did not set his semi-tractor parking brake before exiting the cab. He was working alone delivering fuel to a bulk plant when he started to have problems with a leaking transfer pump. The last time anyone talked to him was to discuss the repair needed that would require him to drive to another city. Apparently, when he tried to drive away, he was stopped by the trailer's air brake interlock system that had been triggered by an open gate over the fuel connections. He jumped out of the cab to fix the problem, but did not engage the tractor's parking brake. As soon as the trailer's brakes released, the rig began to roll. It appears that in his attempt to re-engage the trailer brakes, he was run over and killed. Because he was working alone, he wasn't found until the next morning. Tips to live by - DRIVERS: 1. Always, always set the parking brake before exiting the cab. .. 2. Use wheel chocks. 3. Perform a vehicle pre-departure inspection. 4. Don't try to stop a runaway vehicle from the outside. EMPLOYERS: Train workers to always set the parking brake before exiting the cab. MANUFACTURERS: Develop an alarm that sounds when the driver's door is opened if the parking brake has not been engaged.
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Men; Women; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Personal-protection; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Hazards; Safety-measures; Safety-practices
Contact
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Publication Date
20130718
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008487
Source Name
Setting the parking brake would have saved him: a true story.
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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