Factory worker in China dies after she's buried under a pile of sand by distracted colleague who dumped her into a processor
The distressing CCTV footage of the incident shows the forewoman standing at a factory in Yidu standing right in the digger's blind spot as the operator drove the large vehicle towards an even larger pile of sand
A woman factory worker in central China has tragically died after her colleague scooped her up in a digger by accident and dumped her inside a sand processor. The distressing CCTV footage of the incident shows the forewoman standing at a factory in Yidu, in the Hubei province of the country, standing right in the digger's blind spot as the operator drove the large vehicle towards an even larger pile of sand. She can then be seen falling backward into the bucket of the vehicle after it crashed into her.
The operator, who had absolutely no idea what just happened, proceeds to fill the digger's bucket with a large pile of sand, essentially burying the woman alive, the Daily Mail reported. According to the Global Times, which cited a report by Beijing News, the local government subsequently confirmed that the woman died of suffocation in the incident which took place on February 24.
Warning: The video below could be distressing for viewers
After the digger's bucket was filled with sand, the operator turns the vehicle around and deposits the pile into a processor. Workers could then be seen in footage rushing to help the woman but they were not able to reach her in time.
According to a report by HK01, the operator of the digger was allegedly distracted by his phone and did not see the woman standing right in front of his vehicle. A statement that was released by the Yidu city government confirmed that the victim died of suffocation. The report also stated that the authorities were currently investigating the case.
China has seen an increase in the effort to reduce the number of job-related fatalities in recent years and attributed these incidents to inattentive regulations, corruption, and poor monitoring of the work sites. A report by Reuters showed that deaths in the most populous country in the world caused by workplace accidents fell 12.1% to 38,000 in 2017 as opposed to 2016. This happened while fines for work safety increased 58% in the same year to about 3.3 billion yuan ($521.10 million).
In February this year, 21 people were killed and 29 more were injured after a shuttle vehicle lost control and plowed into the side of a tunnel in a lead, zinc and silver mine located in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
An investigation into the incident revealed that the company had illegally acquired the vehicle online which meant that it did not go through the required safety checks. The mining firm had also used the vehicle underground when it was not supposed to because the particular vehicle is only supposed to be used for ground transport.