Driver Killed While Helping Unload

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by mjd4277, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

    Oct 4, 2015
  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I tell you right now those beams are just waiting to kill people.

    I usually back away from these kinds of loads, thankfully I haven't done that but two or three times. They can always fire me but I aint gonna. I wonder why they cannot make nice plain beams like they use in cartoons and bolt them together on site.
  3. VantaiTatted

    VantaiTatted Light Load Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    RIP to that man. Those steel beams always scare me when I see them.
  4. againstthewind

    againstthewind Road Train Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    at least he wasnt a "door swinger". lol
  5. camionneur

    camionneur Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2013
    Trying to picture it... there's a visual of a stack in a similar accident report here (it doesn't look particularly dangerous, but looks can be deceiving)... and that was the plant manager who was not expecting it to happen, so you have to expect these things to fall if you look at them wrong (which would be anywhere within falling distance).
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019
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  6. Bud A.

    Bud A. Medium Load Member

    May 10, 2015
    OTR again
    I have hauled a lot of loads of steel beams. You never, ever stack wider beams on top of narrower beams, as was done in this case.

    I have stood on top of loads of steel beams while they were being loaded and while they were being unloaded. Sometimes they shift a little. You have to be a little stupid and crazy to do it, frankly.

    Two or three times it was at a dumpy little place in Laredo called Wheeler Metals where if you didn't direct the loaders by pointing and gesturing from up there, there was a good chance you'd end up with a really unstable, unbalanced mess on the deck. (Point and gesture because I don't speak Spanish.) Ask some Texas flatbedders sometime. Half of them will cuss and say "I don't go there anymore!"

    A couple of other times it was when I was helping do-it-yourselfers unload the steel building they ordered onto their property. Even then it would sometimes take them three or four hours to get it off my truck.

    I never stood next to beams on the ground. When the forklift is moving, I'm going to be somewhere way off to the side of it. They don't fall over often, but when they do, they fall hard.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019
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