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Accident: 142865.015 - Employee Fractures Ribs In Fall From Elevation

Accident: 142865.015 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 12/22/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1573277.01501/19/2022Allied Propane Service Inc.

At 4:45 p.m. on December 22, 2021, an employee, a delivery driver, arrived at a customer's residence to deliver three liquid propane gas (LPG) compressed gas c ylinders that each weighed 71 pounds. The employee backed his truck into the pro perty parallel to a retaining wall where the cylinder storage area was on the si de of the house. The employee lowered the lift gate of the truck to approximatel y 32 inches and used a wooden plank on the customer's site, approximately 9 inch es wide, to bridge across from the gate to the storage area. The employee then l oaded the three empty cylinders from the site onto the truck using the wooden pl ank to roll the cylinders on by their foot ring. The employee then repeated this process to load two out of three of the full tanks to the storage area. As the employee was rolling the third LPG cylinder, he switched his footing on the bloc ks lining the retaining wall and slipped and fell onto the plank and then onto t he ground. The customer heard the noise and came outside and the employee asked him to call for emergency medical services. EMS arrived and transported the empl oyee to a local medical Center, where x-rays discovered fractures of the right 5 th, 6th, 7th ribs, a xiphoid fracture, and had a small right pneumothorax. The e mployee was admitted for management of the pneumothorax and pain.

Keywords: blunt force, blunt force trauma, compressed gas, delivery work, elevator gate, fall, fall from elevation, fracture, material handling, propane, rib, slip, slippery surface, tank

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1573277.015 65 M Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, light

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