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Worker, 60, Dies after being Pinned between Truck and Trailer


construction worker in protective gear standing in front of scaffolding

According to The News Tribune, a construction worker was killed on the job after being pinned between two trucks in Tacoma, Washington, on Tuesday.

Details of Workplace Fatality

Lory Reimann, 60, was working with another employee to hook up a trailer to a semi rig at around 7:00 a.m. local time on East 11th Street when the workplace accident occurred. Reimann attempted to hook the trailer but the landing was too low.

The News Tribune reports that Reimann tried to raise the trailer and lower the landing gear when the trailer slipped, pinning him between the truck and trailer. Reimann died at the scene of the accident.

The Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the fatal accident, according to The News Tribune.

On the Job Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
  • On average, more than 92 workers are killed every week, or 13 deaths per day.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 39 worker deaths per day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.

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