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Crushed by collapse of casting sand flexible-containers
|[Circumstances of the Incident]
This accident occurred at a factory
that produces casting sand.
On the day of accident, the victim has started work
at around 8:00, and was ordered to transport
products that had been manufactured at plant
production lines from the product shipping
outlet to a product warehouse by operating
a forklift, and to pile them in three layers
in the warehouse for temporary storage.
At around 14:30, the worker started
loose sand scattered around the
containers by using a shovel and a
Soon after starting the sand collection work,
a three-layer stack of flexible-containers
suddenly collapsed and crushed the victim,
resulting in his death due to a broken neck
that caused suffocation.
Five flexible containers were scattered
the accident site, one of which was
on the back of the victim.
The following can be considered as the causes
of this accident.
1 Flexible containers were piled on
sand on the floor, keeping them
an unstable condition.
2. When the victim was collecting scattered
sand, he tried to rake out sand from
the stacked containers.
3. As no instruction manual had
prepared for operations that are usually
carried out in the warehouse, the victim
had to use their own judgement in carrying
out his job.
4. No safety education/training had
provided to workers.
|[Type of business] Non-organic/organic chemical product manufacturing
[Type of accident] Collapse
[Number of victims] One fatality