Fatal injuries in the trucking industry
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) truck drivers are six times more likely to be killed on the job than other workers. A Washington State study showed that 1 out of every 4,430 full-time employees in the Washington trucking industry will be fatally injured. In fact, there were 52 deaths during the years 2006-2012.
Although the majority of deaths (over 73%) are vehicle-related, many were from falls or crush injuries.
Here are some true stories of Washington trucking industry workers who were killed on the job and tips to avoid similar incidents.
Prevent run overs
Company president shares the pain of losing an employee. A true story shared by Marty Johnson of Tacoma Motorfreight Service.
Setting the parking brake would have saved him - true story based on the report: Truck Driver Dies after being Run Over by Propane Transport Rolling Backward at Bulk Plant. This fatality report was produced by the Washington State FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) program.
Prevent struck by or against injuries
FATAL FACTS: Hazards to Truck Drivers Loading and Unloading (REVISED Jan 2011)
Prevent motor-vehicle collisions
Here are a few links from the National Truckers Association's safety issues blog. These are a collaboration between the NTA and NIOSH FACE states and federal NIOSH which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
TRUCK OPERATOR LOSES CONTROL OF TRACTOR-TRAILER ON SNOW COVERED HIGHWAY STRIKING AND KILLING A VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER SITTING IN HIS VEHICLE
A 59-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (victim) was fatally injured when a tractor-trailer struck his parked vehicle. The victim had responded to a weather related single motor vehicle incident on an interstate highway. Upon his arriva...
SEMI-TRUCK TEAM DRIVER PINNED AND KILLED WHILE ADJUSTING TANDEMS
THE TRUCK OPERATOR The semi-truck driver was a 59-year-old father of two. His career as a truck driver spanned over 40 years, with no recorded accidents or injuries. THE INCIDENT On October 30, 2014, at approximately 7:00am, ...
TRUCK DRIVER TROUBLESHOOTING
TRAILER BRAKES CRUSHED WHEN
THE TRUCK OPERATOR The 59 year-old truck driver in this incident worked for a small business for approximately three years. He was an experienced driver and had been driving for approximately 30 years. The business was a contract carrier...
TRUCK DRIVER DIED WHEN STRUCK BY PRECAST CONCRETE PANEL THAT FELL
After driving for several hours, John (not his real name) arrived at the highway construction site. He parked the truck and trailer in the closed lane next to the barrier wall and the crane that would unload his truck. The road grade was 1.50. The se...
TRUCK DRIVER BURIED BY MULCH AT
TOWN COMPOST SITE
It was just another visit to the town compost site for Sam. The trucking company that he worked for had a contract with the town and he was there almost every day. He knew the procedures. Drivers pulled up to the Staging Area to prepare their trucks ...