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Accident: 170081178 - Employee Dies When Struck By Falling Cotton Bales

Accident: 170081178 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 03/16/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10343540003/21/19954491Coastal Cargo Company, Inc.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on March 16, 1995, in a warehouse at the Gov. Nichols Street Wharf in New Orleans, LA, Employee #1 was tagging the ends of cotton bales. She was working adjacent to 5 cotton bales which were vertically stacked. Each bale weighed approximately 505 lb. It appeared that the top 3 bales shifted, falling onto Employee #1 and inflicting fatal injuries. The stack was approximately 8 ft 6 in. high by 5 ft 6 in. wide by 4 ft 10 in. long. Because there were no witnesses, the exact cause of the bale displacement is not known. The bales had been stacked at the location at approximately 9 p.m. on March 15, 1995.
Keywords: longshoring, load shift, crushed, struck by, falling object, cotton
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103435400 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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