On a summer day, a 29-year-old male manufacturing laborer was outside under a small metal stairway in the loading dock area of the manufacturing plant during his lunch break. Another employee entered her car in the employee parking lot to leave on her lunch break. Her car unexpectedly malfunctioned when in reverse, sped backward, and crashed into the stairway under which the worker was taking a break. The collision pushed the metal stairway along the wall of the factory, crushing the worker between the building and the passenger side of the car. Emergency medical services arrived and transported the worker to the nearest hospital. From there, the worker was flown to the nearest trauma hospital, where he died shortly after arriving.

To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made:

Recommendation No. 1: Employers should establish policies requiring employees to use the safe break areas that are provided.

Recommendation No. 2: Outdoor break areas, if provided, should be in areas that are separated from vehicular traffic.

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