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Accident: 118468.015 - Employee Suffers Broken Fibula And Tibia From Automatic Can

Accident: 118468.015 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 07/25/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1419467.01507/31/2019Del Monte Foods, Inc.

At 2:00 a.m. on July 25, 2019, an employee was operating Line 3 Whallon Can Pall etizer. The employee was the machine operator for the Line 3 pallet stacker (Wha llon/Brite Stacker). The machine was operated in automatic mode wherein a magnet ic head raised cans from a table fed by a conveyor and swung 90 degrees towards the operator's platform and placed the cans on top of a pallet. The employee obs erved the operation of the machine, placed cardboard sheets between the layers o f cans, and attempted to ensure that cans did not fall off the pallet stack. The re was a pressure mat positioned at the corner of the operator platform that was not secured in place. At the time of the incident, the pressure mat only stoppe d the movement of the magnetic head when the magnet was raising up from the tabl e, swinging towards the operator platform, and/or lowering the cans onto the pal let. The employee went to retrieve a can(s) that had fallen off the pallet or ha d lost his balance and fell in between the base of the magnet head and the fixed pallet conveyor frame. The employee's right leg was pinched between the base pl ate and the fixed frame. The employee suffered breaks to the right fibula and ti bia as a result of the incident. The employee was hospitalized for treatment.

Keywords: automatic machine, broken bone, caught between, conveyor, fall, food processing, leg, lost balance, machine operator, magnet, pallet, palletized cargo, pinched, platform, tibia

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1419467.015 55 M Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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