OSHA investigates truck driver's death at loading dock

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 1/9/2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the death of a truck driver who was pinned between his cab door and a post at a loading area.

Rhonda Burke, office of public affairs for OSHA, told Land Line that the agency has up to six months to complete an investigation to determine if there were “any violations of safety and/or health regulations that contributed to the incident.”

According to The Chicago Tribune, truck driver Martin Sun, 57, of Worth, IL, died of multiple injuries after “he became pinned between the door of his truck and a fixed object” at the loading dock at Vitran Express in Bensenville, IL, on Monday, Jan. 7.

Scott Allen, director for public affairs and media relations for the U.S. Department of Labor, told Land Line the agency doesn’t have any further information at this time.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER website, Vitran has 2,238 power units and 2,893 drivers as of September 2012. The company has an 83.1 percentile ranking in the CSA vehicle maintenance BASIC, putting the company at risk of compliance intervention by FMCSA.

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