Machine Accident Kills Worker in Florida Recycling Plant

Winter Garden, FL – A worker was crushed to death in a recycling compactor accident this week at the Robert Wallick Associates, Inc., located in Winter Garden, FL.

Employee David P. Rossman, 43, was killed Monday when he was cru
shed to death in the compactor at Robert Wallick Associates, Inc – a recycling facility near Orlando. Rossman attempted to clear a jam in a massive cardboard compactor and bundling machine, and then fell into the machine.

He was sorting cardboard using a baler machine when he “somehow ended up inside and got compacted in a stack of cardboard,” said Winter Garden Police Lt. Scott Allen. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.

Fire crews were called to the business at 8:52 a.m. and finally got to the man about 15 minutes later, a spokeswoman said. The cardboard compactor, whicmachine accidenth was running when the man was found, is at least 12 feet tall, with a 6-foot platform and a ladder needed to reach the top. Police Lt. Allen said there were several other employees working at the time, but none saw the accident.

OSHA will determine if the business was following the appropriate safety measures, and Winter Garden police are investigating this death as an accident.

The recycling center “buys, prepares and ships numerous recyclables to users worldwide.”

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