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Accident: 200375020 - Worker Is Killed When Struck By Container Door On Truck

Accident: 200375020 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 12/30/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31349012012/31/20095093Lee Disposal Service
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on December 30, 2009, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were assigned the task of unloading an enclosed cardboard container for sorting in the warehouse of a disposal service company. Employee #1 and Employee #2 assisted a truck driver with backing a truck into the warehouse. Once the truck was in place, Employee #2 unlocked the rear door of the container on the right-hand side and swung the door to Employee #1 on the left side. Employee #1 opened the door fully and secured the door by placing its chain in the locking device. Employee #2 removed a tarpaulin holding in material from back of container and handed to Employee #1. Both employees were now standing on left-hand side of the truck. Employee #2 signaled to the driver of the container truck to begin the dumping process, and also instructed the driver to move the container back and forth to get the cardboard to break loose and dump. The door became unsecured and began to swing freely. Employee #1 was standing too close to the container and was struck in the head and killed by the 500 pound door.
Keywords: loading, head, unsecured, scrap metal, struck by, loading dock, door, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313490120 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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