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Accident: 200021624 - Employee Killed When Struck By Shifting Dumpster

Accident: 200021624 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 04/07/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30213243604/07/19994212Hudson Jersey Sanitation Div.Of Waste Mgt. Of N.J.
Employee #1 was operating the controls while standing on the riding step of a rear loading garbage truck; a coworker was opposite him, on the driver's side. A dumpster filled with old doors and other construction debris was resting on the loading sill. As Employee #1 raised it to be emptied, the shifting debris inside pushed the dumpster sideways and off the sill. The dumpster struck Employee #1 in the head, killing him instantly. Employee #1 had not fastened the safety latch on his side of the garbage truck, as had his coworker.
Keywords: garbage truck, head, unsecured, work rules, load shift, dumpster, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302132436 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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