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Falling objects - Other case studies

A 66-year-old worker was crushed by pallet of bottles falling from a vehicle tail-lift. He was helping an agency driver to unload a pallet of empty bottles from a lorry when the load fell on top of him. He received fatal crush injuries to his head.


A contractor was found trapped underneath a digger. He was loading a mini digger onto a trailer when the digger slipped off the side of the trailer. He was either ejected from, or tried to jump from, the vehicle cab and was crushed by the vehicle as it overturned.


A farm worker was crushed underneath a concrete panel. He was working with one of the farm business partners positioning a concrete panel that was intended to form part of the end wall of a barn when the panel fell onto him.

Updated: 2012-01-18