Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 23955.015 - Employee Is Collecting Garbage When A Container Releases Its

Accident: 23955.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 07/24/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
557258.01507/24/2012Deffenbaugh Inc
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on July 23, 2012, Employee #1, a garbage collector, w as gathering trash. He had collected several trash containers and was dragging t hem to the back of a garbage truck. As he pulled one of the containers, a pressu rized unit within the container release energy that sounded like a gas cylinder rupturing, according to a coworker, and released its content. In the sudden rele ase of energy, shrapnel struck Employee # 1, hitting him in his upper lip just b elow the left nostril and causing the removal of part of his lip. Employee #1 w ent to the front of the truck and called his supervisor. While Employee #1 was w aiting for his supervisor to drive to his location, a coworker dumped the conten ts of the trash containers into the load area of the truck and cycled the conten ts into the compacting area of the truck. Any evidence was lost at that time. Th e supervisor arrived around 9:45 a.m. and provided first aid kits by applying ga uze and pressure to Employee #1s upper lip. The supervisor was not trained by t he company in first aid. Around 9:50 a.m., the safety manager showed up at the s ite and loaded Employee #1 into a vehicle and transported him to a medical cente r, where he underwent plastic surgery and received additional treatment and was then hospitalized.
Keywords: compressed gas, face, pressure release, pressure vessel, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 557258.015 1 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.