OSHA investigating death of trucker at Pennsylvania warehouse

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 8/11/2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a truck driver who was crushed by a tractor-trailer at a warehouse in South Middleton Township, Pa., this past week.

Roger Fortune, 56, of Garland, Texas, was killed at 7:22 a.m. on Aug. 4, after he became pinned between two tractor-trailers in the loading dock area of Allen Distribution.

OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said she could confirm the agency’s involvement in an investigation, but would not be able to provide additional details until the investigation concluded. 

“We opened an investigation, but beyond that there really isn’t more we can comment,” she said.

According to the accident report from the Pennsylvania State Police, Fortune was opening the rear trailer doors on his truck, when he was struck by the front of another cab driven by 23-year-old Mohamud Shil, of South Sioux City, Neb. The report states that Shil applied his air parking brake when he parked his vehicle behind Fortune’s, but the air brake supply was “not fully applied,” causing the vehicle to drift forward, ultimately striking and pinning Fortune between the vehicles.

State police trooper Robert Hicks said Shil’s truck was inspected after the incident but declined to release details about the incident, citing the ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed in connection with the incident as of Monday, Aug. 11.

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