Truck Driver Crushed by Log in Oregon

On the Job

According to KATU 2, a log truck driver was killed on the job near Lyons when he was crash by a log that fell from his truck.

Details of the Fatal On the Job Accident

A 55-year-old man was killed Wednesday after a crash near Lyons, Oregon. The man, who was identified to be Jerry Dean Sramek, was killed while he was attempting to secure his load, and a 20-foot log landed on him.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said that Sramek was on his way to the mill with his load of logs when the accident occurred just off of milepost 14 of U.S. Plywood Mainline off Trask Road on Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands property. Another log truck driver found Sramek , just before 11:30am.

Deputies said Sramek was wearing the proper safety equipment. He was an independent log driver. Since it was a work-related death, OSHA is investigating.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 people were injured on the job in 2014, averaging to more than 92 deaths per week or more than 13 deaths each day.
  • 4,386 of the worker fatalities occurred in private industry and 899 were associated with construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job deaths were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocution
    • Struck by Object
    • Caught-in/between

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