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Worker Crushed Unloading Steel Waste Container, New York

New York Case Report: 16NY066


On May 25, 2016, a 58-year-old shop supervisor (victim) at a waste management company was fatally crushed while unloading a 2-yard steel container that weighed 900 Lb. from the back of a truck using an attached hydraulic liftgate. At the time of the incident, the truck driver was inside the bed of the truck operating the liftgate while the victim stood on the ground below to hold the container from rolling off the liftgate during its descent. When the driver began to lower the liftgate, he felt the container start to move and yelled to warn the victim below. The victim attempted to hold the container in place and was unable to remove himself as it fell. He was crushed by the container. The driver moved the container off the victim and ran inside to alert co-workers to call 911. EMS arrived on scene and the victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Worker Crushed Unloading Steel Waste Container – New York [PDF 1166 KB]