Skip to comments.Bottled water company sued in Indiana worker's death
Posted on 09/02/2010 5:20:42 PM PDT by DemforBush
Franklin - The family of a woman who died after a pallet of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in central Indiana is suing the water bottler, arguing a new eco-friendly bottle design might have contributed to the accident...
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Either way, prayers up for Ms. Keen. What an awful way to go.
those plastics are very very thin. I can see how even a slight weight shift could cause a problem. of course, I absolutely hate regular 2ltr bottles. the bottom design causes them to constantly fall over in the fridge.
That would have been a huge pallet of water all right. That would be about 2,000,000 pints, 1,000,000 quarts, 250,000 gallons neglecting packaging weight.
I doubt the grieving family of this poor woman came up with this suit themselves.
Oh dog. 2,000 pints more like it. Sorry.
Usually suits like this name jointly anybody who might have liability in the matter. I can’t believe Kroger is just getting left out willy nilly.
It definitely comes into play. The new bottles are made of much thinner plastic so they have a lower compressive strength. Unfortunately, they still put the same number of bottles in a pack so it's the same volume and weight of water with weaker bottles. The bottles probably collapsed on one side of the pallet, and the pallet on top slid down and over, right on top of her.
Priceless. Very funny man.
He was a noted person’s son. Can’t remember who.
Wonder what he’s doing nowadays.
Two related stories appear with the one referenced. In one, security cameras caught the mishap. Keen was checking in a shipment of bottled water when a palette from the shipment fell on her. She was rushed to the hospital immediately after and died five days later. The accident happened in March.
The second story is about Kroger being fined by OSHA for their role in the accident. OSHA began their investigation the same day the accident occurred.
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Fell? Really!? I'm reminded of a journalist who recently recalled the World Trade Center's twin towers “falling”, as if Muhammad Ata’s suicide mission had nothing to do with it and that gravity alone was responsible. Nonsense!
Pallets don't just “fall” like Newton's apple or a drop of rain. They require some outside force for them to move. My guess is the woman in question did something to precipitate the pallet's fall on her.
Just under 2 million pounds? You're math appears to be off.
Yes, that’s it. Thanks
I’ll have to check out Smallville
and see the character he’s playing.
He made a good comedian.
A pint’s a pound the world around?
You’re off by three orders of magnitude on the converson of tons to pounds though.
It’s a lot closer to 480 gallons of water.
Two pints in a quart, four quarts in a gallon, 250,000 gallons. 8 x 250,000 = 2,000,000. Maybe Tim Giethner can work it out on his Turbo tax and get a different answer than 2 million pounds, but I'd say that 2 million is the correct answer.
Sue algore and the environazis.
Yeah, she was standing where it fell. Do you buy bottled water and have you seen the new 'eco-friendly' bottles? They are much thinner that the older bottles, but they still pack the same number of bottles (hence the same weight of water) into each pack and by default onto each pallet. Someone could have overstacked them, or they just collapsed from the weight. Honestly, what the heck could she have been doing to make it fall on her?
Bumped it with a hand jack or a cart? Enough to crinkle a few on her side of it and down it comes. Clearly it was overly stacked for the packaging.
Pretty much. I always just rough calculate it to 8lbs a gallon. Its a few ounces more than that depending on temperature so it really only matters if you're dealing with large volumes and where a structure needs to support it.
Sue algore and the environazis.
“Clearly it was overly stacked for the packaging.”
Frankly, I don’t see how anything is “clear” at this point except perhaps that the journalist got his/her story from the tort lawyer handling the woman’s, or rather her surviving spouse’s, lawsuit.
Your answer is crazy. How does “Two pints in a quart, four quarts in a gallon” give 250,000 gallons??
You are multiplying when you should be dividing.
The pallet was 4100 pounds as they reported. A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds. So the pallet had about 500 gallons on it.
Sorry, I couldn’t get the article to download and was working off one of the posts that spoke of 250,000 units/pints.
If the weight was quoted as 4,100 pounds I’d say you’re right in assuming 500 gallons of water (4,000 pints) and another 100 pounds for the pallet and packaging.