On Wednesday, July 22nd, a man died after getting pinned against a loading dock by a tractor-trailer at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Authorities with the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport identified the victim as 50-year-old Scott Morris.
In a press release, the Phoenix Police Department said that officers arrived at the scene at about 6 a.m. after they received a call about the incident. It occured at the UPS cargo area on the southern part of the airport property.
Morris was unresponsive by the time officers, and emergency services arrived at the scene, and the Phoenix Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead. The police said it was not immediately clear if the victim was an employee of UPS. The 67-year-old driver of the tractor remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
Officers evaluated the motorist for signs of impairment but found none. The investigation is ongoing, and the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) and the PPD are collaborating. They will release an update once they have more information.
Loading docks either at airports or warehouses are usually dangerous with a lot of safety issues. Workers have to exercise care at all times, and they must pay attention and look out for their colleagues working with material handling equipment.
Safety tips for workers at loading docks include keeping floors and other surfaces dry and in good condition, keeping dock plates in place, and staying away from dock edges. Additionally, check that trailers and trucks are chocked before loading and unloading, use forklifts to carry heavy equipment, and stay clear of heavy machinery.
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