On May 24, 2000, a 37-year-old male asphalt and concrete plant maintenance supervisor (the victim) died of injuries sustained when he was pinned between the dump body and frame of a truck. Just prior to the incident, the victim and a coworker had decided to fix the truck's faulty brake lights. The coworker raised the bed for better access and turned the engine off. He told the victim he was going into the shop for wooden blocks to crib the elevated dump bed. Before the coworker could return with the cribbing, the victim crawled over the left rear wheels placing himself between the elevated bed and the truck frame. Although there were no witnesses, it is believed that the victim may have mistaken the dump bed's pull-off cable for a wire or inadvertently contacted it, causing the bed to suddenly lower. The coworker heard the victim moan and ran outside. Upon spotting the victim he yelled for help. He jumped into the truck, started the engine and raised the dump bed. Another worker notified the secretary, who had a coworker call 911 while she ran to the victim's aid. The secretary was a certified first aid instructor. She instructed those assisting her in extrication and then assessed the victim. She started CPR and continued until EMS arrived minutes later. The victim was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The coroner estimated the time from injury to death to be minutes. The WV FACE Investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that before making inspections, adjustments, or repairs strong, heavy, positive supports are used to secure the dump body and prevent it from lowering. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a written safety program which includes, but is not limited to, task-specific safety procedures and worker training in hazard identification, avoidance, and control. 3. Ensure that replacement pull-off cables are identical to the original equipment and installed as per the manufacturer.
Region-3; 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; Safety-programs; Maintenance-workers; Automobile-repair-shops