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Worker Killed at Trucking Company after being Run Over by 18-Wheeler


worker performing maintenance on a vehicle

According to The Free Lance-Star, a man working at a trucking company was run over and killed by a tractor-trailer while working on the truck’s brakes in Spotsylvania, Virginia, on Friday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Workplace Accident

John Patterson, 54, discussed a mechanical problem on one of the 18-wheelers with a co-worker before the accident. The coworker left the truck running and went inside the business as Patterson went under the truck to perform maintenance.

His coworker, unaware of Patterson’s presence under the truck, returned to the truck and started to move it to another area of the parking lot, running over and killing Patterson. The workplace accident occurred at E.F. Thompson Inc., according to The Free Lance-Star.

The investigation is ongoing, but officials say preliminary reports point toward an accident. No charges have been filed, reports The Free Lance-Star.

On the Job Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • On average, more than 92 deaths per week or more than 13 deaths every day.
    • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.

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