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Worker Crushed Under One-Ton Garbage Bale

A Waste Management, Inc. employee was killed after being struck by a 2,000 pound garbage bale at a Philadelphia trash-transfer station. Authorities said the man was performing a routine inspection of his forklift near large bales of tightly packed recyclable paper when another worker, who was operating a forklift nearby, hit the bales of cardboard. The impact caused a “cascade effect,” that sent one of the large bales crashing down, crushing the man. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The accident is under investigation but the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

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