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Fallen Worker: Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis, Florida

On August 16, 2012, 21-year-old Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis- just over the legal drinking age- showed up to the Bacardi Bottling Corp. in Jacksonville, Fla., for his first day as a temporary worker. The facility bottles all of the rum Bacardi distributes around North America.

Just before 5 p.m. on that first day, Davis was cleaning glass from under the hoist of a palletizing machine, which stacks cases of Bacardi’s rum, when another employee restarted the palletizer. Davis was crushed to death by the machine.

Bacardi Bottling had failed to train temporary employees on using locks and tags to prevent the accidental startup of machines and to ensure its own employees utilized lock-out/tag-out procedures.

Federal OSHA cited Bacardi Bottling with 12 safety violations in the incident- two “willful,” nine “serious,” and one “other-than-serious.” The company was fined $192,000. According to a statement from Bacardi Bottling, the company has addressed or put in place plans to resolve all safety and health matters identified by OSHA.

Day left behind his fiancée, Alicia, who was expecting their first child in October 2012.

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