Parking Brake Required!
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Z - Not used - Was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( see Federal Agency U. S. DOE or under DOE Contractor LL National Security), Livermore, CA

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Operations

The Parking Brake is Required to be Engaged When Vehicles are Parked

A driver stopped a vehicle in a parking space and exited it to engage in a conversation with a co-worker. Shortly after exiting, the driver and co-worker suspected that the engine was still running. The co-worker moved from in front of the vehicle to the passenger side to listen for engine noise. The driver also moved from in front of the vehicle to the side, opened the drivers door, placed his right hand on the drivers seat, and leaned into the cab to check the engine gauges for engine status. The vehicle lurched forward, jumped the parking stop at the front of the parking space and rolled across the walkway where the driver and co-worker were standing a moment earlier. It stopped when it collided with the building on the other side of the walkway. The driver was knocked to the ground and was treated at an on-site medical facility for cuts and abrasions. The co-worker was not injured.

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