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Accident: 14236509 - Employeee Crushed By Garbage Truck Compactor

Accident: 14236509 -- Report ID: 0953210 -- Event Date: 03/04/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10207017403/05/19874953Douglas County Disposal
AT APPROXIMATELY 5 AM ON MARCH 4, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1, WORKING ALONE, WAS PREPARING HIS TRASH COLLECTION TRUCK FOR USE. HE CLIMBED INTO THE BACK OF THE TRUCK, APPARENTLY TO WORK ON THE SOLENOID SWITCHES LOCATED THERE. WHILE HE STOOD ON THE COMPACTOR BLADE (TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE SWITCHES) HE SOMEHOW ACTIVATED THE COMPACTOR BLADE. AS THE BLADE MOVED UPWARD EMPLOYEE #1 BECAME CAUGHT BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE TRUCK TOP. HE WAS ASPHYXIATED BY THE PRESSURE ON HIS CHEST.
Keywords: garbage truck, maintenance, asphyxiated, work rules, lockout, crushed
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102070174 Fatality Asphyxia Garbage collectors

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