A worker at a facility near Disney World is dead after falling into a vat, say authorities.
Details of the Worker’s Death
The 61-year-old was emptying oil and grease from a tractor-trailer when he fell into the vat of oil early Wednesday, says the Orange County Sherriff’s Office.
According to the CBS News, witnesses attempted to free the man from the vat of oil, but were not able to rescue him. He was subsequently consumed by the flames and slipped further into the vat.
The Reedy Creek Fire Department recovered the man’s body. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Disney said the victim worked for Harvest Power, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in converting food waste and yard waste into biofuel, compost, mulch and fertilizer.
On the Job Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- 5,190 work-related deaths were recorded in 2016, marking an average of more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.
- Of the 4,693 fatalities recorded in the private industry, 991 or 21.1 percent occurred in construction.
- Among the leading causes of work-related deaths were:
- Transportation accidents
- Struck-by object
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