According to ABC 5 Local, a 47-year-old man from the Chardon area died while working at Mercy Regional Medical Center around 9:15 a.m. on December 2 in Lorain, Ohio. The hospital’s dumpster was filled with roofing material and so they contracted a private dumpster moving service. The name of the dumpster moving company is yet to be released to the public.
According to a report by the Lorain Police Department, the victim loaded and secured the dumpster filled with roofing material onto his flatbed truck. However, once the truck started moving, the dumpster began to slide around the flatbed. The victim got out of the truck and inspected the cause of the shifting and sliding when the dumpster fell off the truck bed and crushed him. Police and emergency crews arrived on the scene, but the victim was unresponsive.
Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer’s office was notified of the accident that morning. In an interview with ABC Local 5, Mayor Ritenauer lamented that the incident was “tragic.” The accident is still under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA inspectors will attempt to uncover why the dumpster was not securely fashioned to the truck.
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