Oberlin Garcia, 50, worked as a commercial truck driver. He arrived at a chemical plant owned and operated by BASF Corp. On arrival, he checked in with a BASF staff member and was instructed to prepare his tanker for the unloading of a hazardous chemical for delivery.
Garcia was told that BASF policy required a truck driver unloading chemicals from a tanker to climb to the top of the tanker in the facility’s parking lot and open the tanker’s crash-box lid without fall protection equipment.
Garcia climbed to the top of the tanker as instructed using an access ladder. As he got to the top of the ladder, he reached toward the crash-box lid while holding onto an extension of the ladder. His right foot slipped and he fell more than ten feet to the concrete pavement below.