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Warehouse manager gets crushed to death by boxes of cheese

By Mason White 3:48 PM April 23, 2017
Blocks of cheese (illustration)
Blocks of cheese (illustration)
By: Mason White

A young warehouse manager lost his life during work after getting crushed by falling boxes of cheese, according to court documents in Ireland.

Paramedics and firefighters were called to the VP Foods warehouse after several shelves buckled under the heavy weight of thousands of pounds of cheese.

By the time the scattered boxes of cheese were cleared, 32-year-old Robert Ceremuga of Dublin, was already dead. A court heard that Ceremuga worked at the warehouse as a manager.

He came into the storage room, where boxes of cheese were held on shelves. As the forklift driver was removing some of the boxes, Ceremuga asked if he had taken his break.

Before being able to respond, the boxes of cheese began to wobble, and several shelves broke. Numerous boxes of cheese then came tumbling down, burying Ceremuga.

The forklift operator, who had no training, managed to run out of the storage room unharmed. However, Ceremuga was not that lucky.

A medical examiner found that Ceremuga died as a result of crush injuries to the head and chest. A jury ruled that this was a case of an industrial accident.

They recommended that forklift operators should get training before getting the job. Ceremuga left behind a 4-month-old daughter and wife Maria.