Warehouse Worker Killed By Falling Stack Of Wood Boards

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

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This is the moment a warehouse worker is killed when a stack of heavy wooden boards falls on top of his head as two colleagues jump clear.

The incident was filmed by a CCTV camera in a Martin furniture warehouse in the city of Arequipa in the southern Peruvian department of the same name and posted on social media.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Ray Alexis Ghivanni Villaroel Gutierrez, father to a two-year-old boy.

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He was reportedly supporting a leaning stack of heavy boards with two colleagues when the weight overpowered them and they collapsed on top of the young worker, smashing his head.

In the footage, the workmen are seen supporting dozens of large boards placed near a warehouse wall.

The teetering stack falls forwards and the two workmen at either side manage to jump clear, however Villaroel Gutierrez, standing in the middle, fails to get out of the way.

His colleagues are seen trying to help him as the heavy stack of melamine boards presses down on the victim.

According to local media, the 25-year-old dad died from head injuries while his two colleagues also suffered unspecified injuries.

The police arrived at the warehouse to start their investigation into the worker’s death.

The Martin warehouse reportedly stores furniture and DIY materials.

The police investigation is ongoing.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.