Trucking Supervisor Crushed between Two Dump Trailers

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Type:  Report - Gov

Publisher:  Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Olympia, WA

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Transportation and Packaging

A construction company trucking operations supervisor was crushed while assisting a truck driver coupling a belly dump trailer to his truck when the trailer shifted. The supervisor was assisting a company truck driver who was unable to raise the landing legs of his belly dump trailer, also known as a bottom dump trailer. The driver had backed his truck toward the trailer and heard a sound that he believed indicated that the truck's 5th wheel's jaws had closed and locked onto the belly dump trailer's kingpin, but he did not visually confirm the coupling had occurred. As the truck moved forward, the kingpin, which was not properly secured, came loose from the 5th wheel jaws and slid across the 5th wheel plate, crushing the victim between the fenders of the two belly dump trailers.

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