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Sears Employee Pinned Under Storage Racks-Dies from Injuries

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Jasmine Reynolds3 years ago

A Sears employee in upstate New York died after storage racks fell onto him, pinning him underneath.

Details of the Sears On the Job Accident

Reuters reports that Josh Quintilliani, 35, of Waddington, New York was in the Sears warehouse organizing the storage racks when the shelves gave way and collapsed onto him.

According to the New York state police the racks contained plywood, glass, and metal materials. He was airlifted to the Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Vermont where he died on Wednesday.

Quintilliani was employed at the Sears store at the St. Lawrence Center Mall in Messena just south of the Canadian border. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

Workplace Accident Statistics

The following information is being provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012.
  • The second leading cause of worker death was being struck by an object or being caught in between.
  • The most frequently cited OSHA standard is fall protection.
  • In the warehousing sector, fatalities increased in 2012 by 9%.
  • In 2012 there were a total of 829 work-related fatalities for men aged 35 to 44 years of age.


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