Archive for October, 2017

26-year-old man dies after being pinned between van and storage unit

By: Ace Guerra

On October 24, 2017, a 26-year-old man was rescued after being pinned between a box truck and a storage building. He was making a delivery to a business of Alderwood Mall Parkway when his truck struck a wall around 1:40 p.m.


The man was found between the driver’s side of the truck and the building. His co-workers moved the vehicle, and a sheriff’s sergeant performed CPR until the medics arrived at the scene. He ended up passing away on Wednesday the 25th due to his injuries.


The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the man’s identity, as well as the cause of his death.


The sheriff’s office continues to investigate what led up to the incident. Sending our condolences to the family and friends of this man who lost his life on the job.


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  • Please always remember to set the brake on your vehicle before exiting.
  • Chock at least one “driver” wheel on each side.
  • Never attempt to stop a rolling truck from outside the vehicle.


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Is safety your Achilles’ heel?

By: Paul KarolczykFall17Narrative

A 41-year-old, general freight driver severely injured her lower leg while straining to push a converter dolly.

The truck driver was connecting a set of double trailers for a night run of drugstore deliveries. She pulled the rear trailer from the terminal’s loading dock, parked it, and then backed the lead trailer up to it. The driver left enough space between the trailers for a short converter dolly that would keep the set within legal length limits. The heavy steel dolly lacked a jack and drawbar-mounted handle, making it hard to grasp and lift for moving.

A sudden onset of pain jolted the driver when she pushed and rocked the dolly by its drawbar toward the lead trailer’s rear pintle hook. Vomiting and breaking out into a sweat, the injured driver hobbled back to the truck’s cab to contact her employer, who had her call 911.

After ambulance transport to a local hospital, the driver learned she had torn her right Achilles tendon, a fibrous cord connecting the calf muscles and heel bone. The driver missed nearly a year of work to recover from orthopedic surgery.


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A Tribute to the Driver of the Year


By: Jena Cole

Joe Lee Brown

At the Day with the Winners event hosted by the Washington Trucking Associations, Joe Brown was recognized as the 2016 Common Carrier Driver of the Year.

According to Donna Hall, CDS, safety director for Dedicated Farms, LLC, Joe’s dedication to safety developed in the coal mines of Washington State before he became a truck driver. This dedication carried over into all he did – his 6 years of driving, with 2 years for Dedicated Farms, LLC, were accident-free. Ms. Hall shared that on May 14, 2017, he “died a hero.” The California Highway Patrol reported it appeared when Joe realized he was having a medical emergency; he pulled his truck to the side of the freeway where he passed away still buckled in his seatbelt. In his last moments, his concern was for others.

Ms. Hall shared some of the secrets to Joe’s success, “Safety was of the utmost importance to him. His truck was always above clean and in excellent working order. He never complained and if he saw a problem he let us know immediately in a respectful way, always offering a solution.”

Thank you, Mr. Brown for your hard work and dedication to safety. Our condolences to your friends, family and colleagues at Dedicated Farms LLC.

Operation Safe Driver Nationwide Enforcement Blitz, October 15-21

By: Paul Karolczyk

Law enforcement agencies across North America will participate in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week from October 15 to 21. The weeklong enforcement and education campaign spotlights the unsafe driving behaviors of commercial truck drivers and passenger vehicles.


According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, unsafe driver behavior is a leading cause of crashes, accounting for 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes. The CVSA reports that 3,852 fatalities resulted from large truck crashes in 2015. Sixteen percent of those killed were truck occupants, while 69 percent were occupants of non-commercial passenger vehicles.


In 2016, Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s Target Zero data indicates that in Washington State, 51 people died and 118 sustained serious injuries in crashes involving heavy trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds.


Throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, state troopers and commercial vehicle officers will target drivers exhibiting unsafe behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to wear a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, and failure to obey traffic control devices.


More information on CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week: