Improperly loading trucks creates some of the highest rates of occupational injury and death in the United States. A gerry-rigged, spot welded loading tool, made by the manufacturer of industrial cranes for loading heavy box-sectioned crane parts broke, releasing the full weight of the crane piece onto the truck driver who was helping to load the trailer.
It was important to see how the cranes came apart for shipping and just how flimsy the home made loading tool was and how it was used to place the sections into the truck. This animation showed how the cranes came apart for shipping and how unstable the cobbled together shipping tool really was in delivering the pieces to the waiting shipper. This method was used in place of a forklift to save time, not to ensure safety for the loader.
Showing how tenuous the loading tool was in operation went a long way towards helping recover compensation for medical bills and lost income for the truck driver.
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