Nevada OSHA investigates fatal truck fall in Las Vegas

| 12/14/2010

The Nevada state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a truck driver in Las Vegas last weekend.

Jose Ayala-Sarabia was killed when a semi truck fell on him as he worked to change a tire.

Steve Coffield, Nevada OSHA chief administrative officer, confirmed that his agency is investigating Ayala-Sarabia’s death.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas police say Ayala-Sarabia was working on the semi truck at a Maverick Truck Stop off Las Vegas Boulevard North near Cheyenne Avenue when the accident happened about 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

The front axle of the truck broke on the driver’s side while Ayala-Sarabia was changing the tire, according to witnesses who spoke to News 3 in Las Vegas.

Ayala-Sarabia was pinned beneath the vehicle until a fire department heavy rescue team was able to free him. He was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

Nevada OSHA can’t discuss details about investigations that are ongoing, Coffield said.

He declined to say whether Ayala-Sarabia was a company driver or to describe circumstances surrounding the fatality. Further details on the case, he said, may be available as early as next week.

Nevada is one of 26 U.S. states that investigate workplace violations at the state level as opposed to Federal OSHA under the U.S. Department of Labor.