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Truck driver dies from injuries sustained after falling from A truckload of sheetrock.

Minnesota Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 95MN008, 1995 Oct; :1-6
The victim was working alone at the time that the unwitnessed incident occurred. As a result, this report is based upon information obtained during the site investigation interview, an inspection of the incident site, and a telephone interview with the employer's safety director. A 61-year-old male truck driver (victim) died of injuries sustained when he apparently fell from the top of a semi-truck load of sheetrock. The victim was delivering the load of sheetrock to a retail lumber company. He arrived before any of the lumber company employees arrived for work and parked the truck in a gravel parking lot directly in front of a locked yard gate. He untied a tarpaulin that covered the load and removed it from the front portion of the load. The victim may have climbed on top of the load to remove the tarpaulin since it had been pulled back from the left front corner of the load toward the right rear corner. Apparently while he removed the tarpaulin, he fell to the gravel parking lot. An employee of the lumber company discovered the victim shortly after he arrived for work and heard the victim's call for help. The victim was found along the right side of the trailer (when facing the front of the truck) near the location of the rear axles. Emergency medical personnel were immediately called and arrived at the scene a short time later. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died nine days after the incident. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that flatbed semi-trailer load covers are removed from the ground; and 2. design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Equipment-operators; Safety-programs; Truck-drivers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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