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Accident: 79279.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Unstable Load

Accident: 79279.015 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 08/31/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1089362.01508/31/2015Advanced Veneer Technologies, Inc.
At 9:28 a.m. on August 31, 2015, Employee #1, a dryer operator, was working alon e, staging 2 piles of moisture-laden veneer to manually feed a 3-tier dryer mac hine with motor-driven rollers. The first pile was situated on the floor, suppor ted by a 4 inch by 4 inch block of wood that was 5 feet by 10 inches by 27 inche s. The second pile was situated on a Bishamon lift-table, Model No. HLT-045-36-2 4048; SN 991086; with a weight capacity of 4,500 lbs. and piled 85 inches high. The lift-table platform was elevated 28 inches, including a custom-made pallet which was 44 inches by 47 inches by 7.5 inches. The lift table platform was 47 inches by 22 inches, as designed. A channel-iron modification increased the plat form width to 48 inches. The employee began manually feeding the first pile in to the dryer which was 48 inches high, from within a 26 inch space between the d ryer and the piles, reaching over and stepping to the left in order to keep the feed across rollers balanced. As the lift-table remained erect, the second pile , weighing 3,160 lbs., fell onto Employee #1, crushing and killing him.
Keywords: crushed, elevated work platform, falling object, hydraulic lift, struck by, unstable load
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1089362.015 49 M Fatality

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