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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 141467.015 Event: 11/13/2021Employee Is Killed When Pinned By Pallets In Trailer
At 9:48 a.m. on November 13, 2021, an employee (Shipping Supervisor) entered a s emi-truck trailer that was partially filled with pallets boxed frozen chicken at the front end of the trailer. The employee entered the trailer to look for a ce ll phone he had dropped earlier in the morning. When the employee did not exit t railer coworkers began looking for him. The trailer had already been completely filled and left the dock area at this point. The employee was found in trailer a nd had been killed due to positional asphyxia from being wedged between the pall ets. The employee had not notified the Shipping Department that he was going ins ide the trailer so they contined to load the pallets as scheduled.
Keywords: asphyxiated, caught between, communication, food processing, loading, material handling, meat processing, misjudgement, misjudgement of hazardous situation, motor vehicle, pallet, palletized cargo, pinned, tractor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1565701.015 Fatality Supervisors, material moving equipment operators

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