OSHA Launches Investigation Into Death of 29-Year-Old Truck Driverby Jana Ritter - Published: 9/09/2016
On Thursday a tragic accident occurred that resulted in the death of a fellow truck driver. While most job related incidents for truck drivers usually occur on the road, this unforeseen tragedy happened while the 29-year-old driver was outside of his semi-trailer on the grounds of a meatpacking facility in Omaha, NE.
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On Friday, Federal authorities announced they are launching an investigation to determine exactly what caused the death of Robert Williams II of Aurora, Colorado. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also made a public statement Friday revealing some preliminary details about the accident. “The preliminary indication was the brakes were not set on the tractor, and the victim was pinned between the trailer and an adjacent trailer,” said Scott Allen of OSHA. “We firmly believe these types of incidences can be prevented if all OSHA standards are being followed.”
According to Officer Michael Pecha of the Omaha Police Department, Williams had been working at a loading dock at Greater Omaha Packing, located at 3001 L Street when the incident occurred. The incident was reported to the police at 3:01 pm and responding police officers arrived on the scene to find Williams lying next to a semitrailer truck. Williams was later pronounced dead. Police also said they were investigating the death as an apparent accident. Mark Theisen, Greater Omaha’s general counsel, also announced on Friday that “several regulatory bodies” would investigate the cause of the accident, and that it wouldn’t speculate on a cause before the investigations were complete.
Williams was hired by the trucking company, Greater Omaha Express, (a subsidiary of Greater Omaha) about a year ago. Brent Falgione, president of Greater Omaha Express, said in a public statement that the company was deeply saddened by the loss of their employee. “Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our team member and everyone affected by this tragedy,” he said.
Greater Omaha Packing declined to comment on the OSHA investigation, which will be completed within the next six months.