A Hispanic laborer dies when a stack of paper bales collapses onto him.
NIOSH 2007 Sep; :1-5
A 58-year-old Hispanic laborer died after being crushed by a stack of baled, recycled paper that collapsed onto him. The victim was sweeping the floor next to the stack of bales when the incident occurred. The paper bales were stacked six high and each one weighed approximately 1,000 pounds. The employer of the victim did not have a safety or training program for the employees. The employees who worked on the warehouse floor did not speak English. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that the bales of recycled paper are stacked safely. 2. Establish and maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in the languages employees can comprehend. 3. Establish and maintain training and testing programs that verify and document employees' achievement of skills.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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