WINTER GARDEN, FL – OSHA is investigating a workplace fatality that occurred on June 15th at Robert Wallick Associates, Inc.
A worker was crushed to death by a cardboard compactor at the recycling facility. He went in the bailing machine to get the conveyor belt unstuck, but did not realize that the compactor was still on. Authorities said the accident could have been prevented with proper lock out/tag out procedures. Lock out/tag out procedures ensure that power to equipment has been turned off.
According to Labor Department statistics, the refuse and recyclable material collectors industry was ranked as the fifth most dangerous occupation in America when last calculated in 2013. Part of what makes the industry so dangerous is not only the heavy machinery used at the facility, but the dangerous contents workers sort from recycling bins. Additionally, temporary workers comprise much of the work force, and they must handle and sort materials traveling at high speeds on a conveyor belt.