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Accident: 14525653 - Crushed By Garbage Truck Compactor

Accident: 14525653 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 04/16/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
165506704/17/19844953Waste Resources Of Palm Beach
ON THE MORNING OF APRIL 16, 1984, A TRASH CREW, EMPLOYED BY THE WASTE RESOURCES CO. OF WEST PALM BEACH, WAS COLLECTING REFUSE ON LYNNWOOD DR. IN WEST PALM BEACH. THEY WERE USING A 1980 INTERNATIONAL GARBAGE TRUCK. THE CREW CONSISTED OF THREE MEN; A DRIVER AND TWO DUMPERS. AT ABOUT 9:40 AM, DUMPER #1 (EMPLOYEE #1), OLD THE DRIVER TO ENGAGE THE POWER FOR THE COMPACTOR (NORMAL OPERATION). THE DRIVER THEN ACTUATED THE COMPACTOR RETRACT LEVER, BUT RELEASED IT TO RETRIEVE SOMETHING FROM THE BIN OF THE TRUCK (IT IS BELIEVED). THE RETRACT MECHANISM DID NOT STOP WHEN RELEASED. IT CONTINUED TO RETRACT, CRUSHING THE VICTIMS HEAD AGAINST THE BIN. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. NOTE: THE GARBAGE TRUCK WAS OF THE SIDE LOADER TYPE BEING USED IN AN AREA OF MORE CONVENTIONAL REAR LOADING TYPE TRUCKS.
Keywords: garbage truck, head, crushed, trash compactor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1655067 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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