Struck by moving railcars on a terminal.
Worker was exposed to the hazard of being struck by a moving railcar on a terminal.
Stacking containers on a string of railcars.
Activity at time of incident:
A longshore worker was placing locking cones into container corners prior to a top loader setting a second container on top of the existing container in a line of "double stacked" railcars in the yard.
In this On-Dock-Rail operation, a longshore worker was placing locking cones on the top four corners of each lower container on a rail gondola car. A top loader would then stow a second container on the railcar. The worker would then lock the cones and move to the next railcar. The rail crew was working on Track 4 and the adjacent Track 3 was inactive. Electrical power was energized throughout the yard and engines were working a nearby facility, but the worker and rail crew did not anticipate any railcar movement on Tracks 3 or 4.
While working on Track 4, a worker ran out of locking cones. He climbed on top of the adjacent string of railcars on Track 3 to get additional locking cones to continue his work on Track 4. Unknown to the worker and rail crew, a switch had been incorrectly thrown which caused the locomotive engine to proceed down Track 3. As the worker was gathering the cones from a railcar on Track 3, the railcars were struck by the incorrectly routed engine. The worker was knocked down between two railcars and he was run over and killed.
These hazards could have been prevented if the driver:
This type of incident was the basis for locking out switches.
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