Semi-Truck Driver Fatally Struck by Falling Flatbed Cage Door, Kentucky
Kentucky Case Report: 15KY001
Release Date: February 3, 2016
On Monday, January 5, 2015, an equipment rental company driver drove to a construction jobsite to deliver elevator equipment. He climbed a ladder to unfasten the ratchet straps from the elevator equipment so that the crane operator could unload the equipment. He was standing to the right side of the flatbed rolling up the straps when the crane operator noticed the cage door shifting; he yelled a warning to the victim and ran towards him. The 1000 lb cage door fell off the flatbed and struck the semi-driver in the head. The crane operator, another employee, and a bystander removed the cage door from the victim. Emergency medical services was immediately called and arrived within four minutes. The employees helped load the victim into the ambulance for transport to the nearest local hospital. The victim was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.