Worker’s Death Costs Truck Maintenance Company and Supervisor $115,000

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At a truck maintenance company’s shop, a supervisor was doing maintenance on a hydraulic crane mounted onto a truck. As he went to drain some hydraulic fluid from the crane, a worker monitored the fluid level. The crane’s boom pinned the worker against the truck’s control panel, fatally crushing him. The MOL found that the supervisor had left the crane’s hydraulics engaged and the truck’s engine running. The company and supervisor pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the truck’s engine was off and/or the crane’s hydraulics were disengaged before draining the hydraulic fluid. The court fined the company $100,000 and the supervisor $15,000 [Delta Truck Equipment and Phillip Hutton, Govt. News Release, Dec. 7, 2011].