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Foreign-born semi driver dies after driving over embankment.

University of Kentucky
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 09KY071, 2010 Aug; :1-9
One summer morning in 2009, at approximately 11:30 AM, a 41 year-old male, long-haul, semi tractor-trailer driver drove off an interstate highway, over a guardrail, and continued into a wooded ravine. His trailer was empty and he was traveling to pick up a load of retail goods. The trailer disengaged from the tractor, the fuel tanks ruptured, the tractor overturned and caught fire. As the tractor overturned, the driver was ejected. A passing motorist called emergency medical (EMS) services; EMS arrived and found the driver dead at the scene. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: Recommendation No. 1: Commercial vehicle carriers should establish and implement an appropriate comprehensive safety and driver training program. Recommendation No. 2: Commercial vehicle carriers should implement and enforce a workplace policy that requires drivers to wear seat belts while operating a commercial vehicle. Recommendation No. 3: Semi tractor-trailer drivers should be trained to recognize signs of fatigue and when to seek appropriate rest areas. Recommendation No. 4: Electronic stability systems should be mandatory equipment on all commercial vehicles. Recommendation No. 5: A comprehensive motor vehicle safety assessment of Kentucky's interstate system needs to be performed in the area where the collision took place.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Equipment-operators; Fatigue; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Work-analysis; Worker-motivation; Work-intervals; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Automatic Braking System (ABS); Electronic Stability Control (ESC); Fire Safety program
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-09KY071; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008483
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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University of Kentucky
Page last reviewed: October 28, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division