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Driver complained of brake issue

August 30, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — The driver of a tracked pipe loader who was killed in a pipeline construction accident Thursday had complained earlier in the day the brakes on the piece of equipment weren’t working......

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Sep-01-13 11:36 PM

It's not always that easy to refuse work especially when you have a family that depends on you for everything. Bottom line is if this young man reported that the brakes weren't functioning properly the machine or truck, whatever it is is irrelevant, shouldn't have been put into service until the issue was addressed and corrected. Did the company properly train this young man on what to do in the event of a rollover? That's the question to ask but either way I feel the responsibility is on the company if the issue was reported and not taken care of properly prior to being in service.

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Sep-01-13 4:38 PM

First, prayers go out to the young man's family.

People can speculate all they want and at the end of the day, there will be a finding. One way or another, there will be a wake up call for all involved. All the equipment will now be safety checked (hopefully), and based on the other comments, better safety procedures will be put in place and/or communicated to the LEADERSHIP. After all, they are the ones who send people home. Those people are the ones who should be held accountable in addition to ownership.

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Aug-30-13 6:51 PM

All though I completely agree NO ONE should die trying to earn a living but some key points to remember are...1. it was an excavator he was operating not a truck that is what they meant by a "tracked" pipe loader 2. pipeline is generally done on hills therefore if his brakes were faulty on hills he NEVER should have operated it. We as operators have the right to refuse to do something if we feel it is unsafe. Yes we may get laid off but at least we can live to tell about it 3. the first thing we learn is NEVER JUMP!! Always ride it out...the machines are equipped with R.O.P. (roll over protection) its like a race car...they are designed to keep you safe in such an accident as long as you DONT JUMP! Had this young man followed these 3 easy steps he would either be laid off and home with his family or he would have ran into the trees with the machine and been able to walk away to call his family.

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Aug-30-13 1:47 PM

I think it should be more like gross criminal negligence resulting in death. This young man's tragic death could have been prevented had his truck been functioning properly. After the law is done with their part of this, I hope the family takes this company to the cleaners with a civil suit. I don't know all the details about what happened but if the man reported the brakes weren't functioning properly, the issue should have been addressed before that truck was put back into service,

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