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Accident: 201321759 - Employee Is Impaled By Baler Part, Later Dies

Accident: 201321759 -- Report ID: 0317900 -- Event Date: 09/30/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31472667009/30/20115093Greenstar Allentown Llc
On September 30, 2011, Employee #1 and a coworker were standing by a Bollegraaf Baler and were assessing the problem with the baling wire. Approximately 5 feet behind Employee #1 and his coworker, a second coworker was moving cardboard bales, which were stacked four high to improve the stability of the stack. When the second coworker removed the top cardboard bale from the stack, the two bales below it fell towards Employee #1 and the first coworker. Employee #1 was pinned between the baler and cardboard bales. A protrusion from the baler impaled Employee #l on the right side of his torso. Employee #1 received medical attention for his injuries, until he died on October 2, 2011.
Keywords: impaled, pinned, baler, struck by, puncture, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314726670 Fatality Puncture Machinery maintenance occupations

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