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Accident: 201331238 - Janitor Is Crushed To Death In Trash Compactor

Accident: 201331238 -- Report ID: 0213600 -- Event Date: 07/04/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31471713307/24/20106531Whitestar Development Corporation
On July 4, 2010, a 67-yr-old janitor was emptying a trash container into a large self-contained compacter/dumpster located at the end of the loading dock. In the process of dumping the contents of the container into the compactor, the container itself was accidently dropped into the machinery. When the employee attempted to retrieve the vessel, the compactor started operating, despite an interlock system specifically designed to prevent this happening. The employee was crushed between the steel header and the ramming mechanism.
Keywords: janitor, receptacle, steel, dumpster, crushed, trash compactor, loading dock
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314717133 Fatality Other Janitors and cleaners

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