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article imageWorker crushed by 5,000 kilos of falling grapes in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Oct 4, 2013 in World
Ciudad Real - The accident happened in a warehouse in Tomelloso in Ciudad Real, Castile-la Mancha, Spain. Rescue workers tried to save the man, without success.
Civil Guard officers, Local Police and firefighters from the town of Tomelloso were called to the scene after 5,000 kilos of grapes fell onto the man in the "bodega" or warehouse.
Telemadrid reported (in Spanish) that firefighters had to remove a large quantity of the grapes to extract the man and despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation could do nothing to save his life. The man, named only A.O., was pronounced dead at 23h30.
The union, CCOO Agrifood Federation, deplored the tragic death of the 43-year-old saying that these accidents happen season after season. They reiterated the "need" for the establishment of security measures in the workplace.
Diariocrítico (in Spanish) reported that union officials cited Royal Decree 1.215/97, which determines the obligation for regulatory safeguards at disposal sites, augers and hoppers. Under the same Royal Decree is the obligation to provide workers with sufficient training and information on the risks of the job.
"The dangers that are recorded in field work, with a high percentage of temporary workers, makes us regret each year such accidents, both in the grape and in the olive harvest," the union said in a statement.
The situation, the spokesman added, "is compounded by the absence since 2012 of a strategic agreement for the prevention of occupational risks. The need is more than evident in the agricultural sector".
CCOO urged the business community in the region to remain vigilant in the prevention of occupational risks to their workers, saying "especially with the outrageously increased job insecurity under the economic crisis."
Tomelloso is considered the capital of wine growing in Spain's Castile–La Mancha region.
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