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Log truck driver killed when brakes fail on steep road.
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Portland, OR: Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, OR 2006-14-1, 2008 Aug; :1-5
On April 19, 2006, a 42-year-old log truck driver was killed when he apparently jumped from his runaway truck after his brakes failed on a steep, narrow gravel road. The driver had less than 1 year of experience operating a semi-truck. Earlier in the day, the driver entered the mill yard with his rear trailer brakes smoking. The trailer air-brake lines had been damaged by dragging on the ground, and he fixed one air line with electrical tape. On the last load of the day, just prior to the incident, the driver stopped on the downhill road to allow another truck to pass. At a subsequent series of S-curves, the driver apparently jumped from his truck when the brakes failed and was run over by the wheels before the truck plunged over a hillside. The victim was found dead at the scene. The truck and trailer, on later inspection, had seven of ten brakes out of adjustment.
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Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park, L606, Portland, OR 97239-3098
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Log Truck Driver Killed When Brakes Fail on Steep Road
Oregon Health and Science University
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division