Cave-in costs worker his life

by on January 28, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A Pennsylvania man is dead after getting caught by a collapsing 100-foot pile of salt. Authorities say 51-year old Gustav Propper was operating an end-loader at a salt storage site along the Delaware River in Morrisville when the accident happened.

Propper was buried in the loader beneath the salt. Rescue crews had to use shovels to clear a path before hooking the loader to a truck and pulling it out. Propper died from asphyxiation.

According to OSHA, 1,000 workers are injured each year due to excavation cave-ins. Of this number, 75 are fatalities.

While the salt pile collapse may not have occurred at a construction site where trenches were being dug, the premise is similar. Material in a pile collapsed on the worker, killing him.

Protect workers by reminding them of the hazards of cave-ins, and to discuss any concerns about the stability of a materials pile with a supervisor.

Have them keep in mind: When a pile starts to collapse, there’s virtually no time to react and get out of the way. That’s why spotting and planning for the safety hazards has to be completed ahead of time.

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