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Accident: 202369161 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Falling Hay Bale

Accident: 202369161 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 02/14/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31579648202/14/20120139Rich E Knight
On February 14, 2012, a witness stated that he and Employee #1 were untying the canvas covering the haystack. The bales weighed about 1,500 pounds and were stacked six bales high and two across, with a taller stack in the middle. The witness said that he was on one side of the haystack and Employee #1 walked to the other side. As Employee #1 walked around the end of the stack, the stack collapsed. Three large bales came down from the end row, with one bale falling on top of Employee #1. An on-site JCB Model 541 materials handler was used to lift the bale up enough to pull Employee #1 out from under it. Employee #1 was then transported to the Toppenish Hospital in Toppenish, Washington, where at 4:30 p.m. he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: crushed, baler, fall, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315796482 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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