Accident Report Detail
Accident: 142795.015 - Employee Breaks Two Ankles In Fall From Railroad Car
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At 8:00 a.m. on January 6, 2022, an employee (Manager) was assisting a coworker opening railroad car lids in preparation for loading the next day. Due to extrem ely cold and snowy conditions the lids were frozen shut. There was a fixed fall protection system present (rigid rail with trolley system and a body harness wit h a retractable) for accessing the top of the railroad cars. The trolley system is above the cars and has coverage of about three cars in length. The employee a nd coworker were opening all the lids in the string rather than opening the lids located underneath the fixed fall protection. The fall protection system did no t extend to the end of the string of cars, and the employee and coworker were no t connected to the fall protection system while opening the lids. The employee a nd coworker had successfully opened four lids the employee fell approximately 14 feet to the frozen ground below. The employee broke both ankles and was hospita lized.