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Accident: 4254.015 - An Employee Is Crushed While Unloading Glass Off A Trailer

Accident: 4254.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 12/25/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
110725.01512/27/2011Cardinal Fg Company
At approximately 1:45 a.m. on December 25, 2011, Employee #1, a maintenance tech nician, was attempting to unload glass from a Low Boy A-Frame trailer. Employee #1 was working alone while using a John Deere Front End Loader (Model# 544J) whi ch had been modified with a fabricated hitch attached to the bucket. Employee #1 loaded glass to the South End Cullet Recycling Area to crush and dispose of the glass. Employee #1 parked the trailer, carrying 10 tons of glass, on a previous load that he had taken out to the site. Parking the trailer on the previous loa d caused the trailer to sit unevenly at a 4 to 5 degree angle leaning to the lef t. Employee #1 exited the front end loader to un-strap the load of the glass on the trailer. Due to the angle of the trailer, the load of glass (5 tons of glas s) tipped and fell off the trailer, striking the employee. Employees #2 and 3 we nt looking for Employee#1 approximately one hour later and found Employee #1 on a pile of glass lying facing up with 5 tons of glass on top from the chest down. Employees #2 and 3 called 911 immediately. Emergency responders arrived and Emp loyee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:35 a.m. The angle of the trailer parked on top of a previous load was the contributing factor in the death of emp loyee #1. The employee suffered crushing injuries to the chest and pelvic area. The employee died as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: construction vehicle, crushing, falling object, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 110725.015 55 M Fatality

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