Front-end loader knocks concrete wall onto worker

by on June 4, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Industrial trucks carry a lot of bunch, so they can seem like a bull in a china shop even in an industrial setting. A front-end loader at a Camden, NJ-recycling plant accidentally struck a concrete partition, knocking it over. It fell on Keith Rainer, 42, of Camden, who was working on the other side of the partition from the loader.

A forklift driver was able to remove Rainer from under the barrier, but the crushing injuries Rainer suffered were too extensive. He died at a local hospital about a half hour later.

OSHA is investigating the fatality. Investigators will no doubt ask for the certifications, operator training, and maintenance records of the front-end loader and other industrial trucks. The big question: How the loader crashed into a concrete barrier hard enough to knock it over.

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