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Accident: 4213.015 - Employee Is Crushed By Falling Bales Of Scrap Paper And Is K

Accident: 4213.015 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 12/20/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
110585.01512/21/2011Rumpke Of Ohio, Inc.
At 3:30 p.m. on December 20, 2011, an employee was on site at a scrap paper and cardboard recycling and baling facility. The employee was employed through a tem porary employment service and was assigned at the company to clean up/sweep loos e scrap paper that was on the warehouse floor and around the baler. A forklift operator was operating a Hyster H60FT forklift to load scrap paper bales into a semi truck trailer for shipment and resale. The bales were approximately five f oot four inches long by four feet wide and thirty inches deep. The bales average d between 1,700 and 2,000 pounds each. Each bale was banded with five, twelve ga uge wires. The Hyster was equipped with forks and no specialized material handli ng attachment. Operator #1 was attempting to pick the top bale from a stack wh ich was four bales high. The stacks of bales behind the one from which he was at tempting to lift the top bale were also four bales high. The bottom bale in eac h stack was placed directly on the poured, concrete floor, with successive bales in each stack placed directly on top of the bottom bale. There were no pallets or dividers between any of the bales. As the forklift operator attempted to in sert the forks of the lift between the top and the next lower bale from a stack located at the north east corner of the dock, the bale slid backward, striking t he stacks of bales in the row(s) behind resulting in six bales falling and strik ing Employee #1. The forklift operator was unaware that the fallen bales had str uck Employee #1 until he was told by a management official.
Keywords: baler, crushing, falling object, material handling, powered industrial vehicle, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110585.015 53 F Fatality Janitors and cleaners

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