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Driver crushed between semi tractor and trailer.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 95NE009, 1995 Feb; :1-4
A 35-year old male truck driver was fatally injured when he was crushed between his tractor and the trailer it was towing. While going up a slight incline the trailer became separated from the tractor. The driver got out of the tractor to assess the situation and positioned himself between the tractor and the front of the trailer. The tractor rolled backwards and crushed him between the back of the tractor and the front of the trailer causing fatal injuries. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers and employees should: 1. Always ensure trailer is properly engaged in fifth wheel mechanism on tractor. 2. Always set the air brakes when departing the cab for any reason. 3. Ensure individuals never position themselves between the tractor and the trailer, unless the trailer is properly engaged in the fifth wheel mechanism. 4. Publicize the incident to stress the importance of always following prescribed procedures.
Region-7; 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; Training; Safety-programs; Equipment-reliability; Equipment-operators; Truck-drivers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95NE009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division