Alert 12 – 06 Struck By Incident Results in Sprained Ankle


A haul truck driver was lowering a tank to the ground using the winch on his truck. He pulled his truck forward to make room to back up and play out some slack in the line, which was connected to the skid of the tank. While pulling forward, the winch line became tight pulling the tank forward just slightly. The Swamper’s (truck driver’s assistant) foot was in front of the tank when it was pulled forward and his foot was struck by the skid of the tank. The swamper was trying to remove the haul truck’s load line from the skid of the tank before the truck had finished its maneuver. The swamper’s injuries proved to be “minor” (sprained ankle) but the loss severity potential was “major.”

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