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Car carrier truck driver dies when crushed by ramp of car carrier.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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 05WI049, 2006 Sep; :1-6
On July 26, 2005, a 59-year-old truck driver (the victim) was fatally crushed while loading used cars onto the auto transport truck carrier. The victim was working alone when he unknowingly activated the hydraulic controls to the ramp for one of the carriers causing it to move forward and downward. The movement caught the victim and pinned and crushed the victim into the hood and windshield of a car positioned on the ramp. Two employees from another auto transport company who were picking up vehicles found the victim pinned under the car carrier ramp. The employees of the other auto transport company contacted the auto auction security personnel who called 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 4:34 p.m. EMS arrived at the scene at 4:39 p.m. The medical helicopter was contacted at 4:38 p.m. At 4:42 p.m., EMS stated there was no way to attempt resuscitation, so at 4:46 p.m. the request for the helicopter was cancelled. The medical examiner arrived on the scene and the victim was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. The FACE investigator concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that employers utilize retaining pins to prevent unintentional movement or collapses of the ramps when employees are loading cars on the trailers; 2. ensure that drivers are properly trained in the operation of car carrier trailers; and, 3. ensure that drivers follow the trailer manufacturer's recommendation involving car loading.
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; Safety-programs; Training; Motor-vehicles; Truck-drivers; Trucking
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05WI049; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division