Two tree trimmers die when struck by errant semi tractor-trailer [report]

2011 unpublished
One spring morning in 2010, three male tree trimmers set up a work site in a highway intersection at the base of a mountain. As one tree trimmer removed equipment from the truck, two other tree trimmers, 21-and 32-years old, posted signage in the intersection. The two tree trimmers were located on the shoulder of the highway. A semi tractor-trailer was driving down the mountain toward the intersection, when its brakes failed. To avoid hitting vehicles in front of the semi, the driver steered to
more » ... e driver steered to the left, crossed the intersection, striking both tree trimmers with the semi tractor-trailer. Both tree trimmers died at the scene. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: Recommendation No. 1: Roadside inspectors should prevent commercial drivers from continuing to operate a semi tractor-trailer when taken out-of-service due to inspection. Recommendation No. 2: Commercial drivers should inform employers of roadside inspection results. Recommendation No. 3: Commercial carriers should perform random verification checks of driver motor vehicle records. Recommendation No. 4: A certified annual commercial vehicle inspection program should be established. Recommendation No. 5: Employers should require proof that operators have performed daily safety checks on the semi tractor-trailer prior to operation. The following separate recommendation is being made: Recommendation No. 6: The toll-free number to report illegal and/ or dangerous commercial driver activity to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration should be advertised in rest areas and truck stops.
doi:10.26616/nioshsface10ky009 fatcat:5ba63lis4fhcvlpspbt5hdhaxu