A logging truck driver lost his life in Oregon yesterday when a log from his own truck fell on him.
Fifty-five year old owner-operator Jerry Dean Sramek had picked up a load of logs at U.S. Plywood Mainline near Lyon and was en route to a mill when the accident occurred.
Investigators say that Sramek stopped about four miles from the spot where he picked up his load to resecure the logs. According to reports, Sramek undid a chain and then one of the logs from the top of the load fell on him, causing severe head and neck injuries that led to his death.
The log was approximately 20 feet long and 10 inches in diameter.
Another driver found Sramek around 11:30 a.m.
As Sramek’s death happened on company property, OSHA is investigating the incident. Sramek was wearing proper safety equipment at the time of his death.