Hispanic Laborer is Crushed by Gantry Roller Press While Retrieving a Dropped Hammer
Kentucky Case Report: 14KY012
Release Date: August 6, 2014
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March 11, 2014 at 8:20 a.m. a 31- year- old Hispanic laborer working on a gantry roller press dropped a hammer he was using to tap the trusses into place. As the victim bent down to retrieve the hammer, the three other employees working with him did not see him and started the press. As the press came down the line, the victim raised up and became caught between the roller press and the legs of the press. This caused the press to jam. It wasn’t until this occurred that the co-workers discovered the victim pinned by the roller carriage. The Sheriff stated that when he arrived, he found the victim face down with his legs over the guide-rail and his chest up against the table leg.