Trucker crushed in yard while working on trailer

| 1/16/2008

A truck driver was crushed and killed in late December while working in a Butterball LLC truck yard.

According to the Denver Post, a truck driver who worked as a “spotter” at the Butterball yard in Longmont, CO, stopped and got out of the truck he was driving. The driver reportedly crawled under the truck’s trailer for an unknown reason and was crushed by the truck’s right-rear drive tire when the rig rolled backward.

Manuel Vega, 44, of Greely, CO, was identified later as the truck driver.

Megan Meagher, compliance assistance specialist with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Denver office, confirmed the agency’s investigation into Vega’s death.

“We are investigating it,” Meagher told Land Line. “There was a fatality there, and we are investigating it.”

OSHA has six months to file an investigation report after a fatality, Meagher said, but she said the agency will likely have it completed sooner than that.

A message left by Land Line with Butterball LLC’s spokesman wasn’t immediately returned on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
“Everyone at Butterball LLC is deeply saddened by this tragedy,” a statement from the company said, according to The Denver Post.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer