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Accident: 143412.015 - Employee Fractures Vertebra When Struck-By Pallet

Accident: 143412.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 01/27/2022
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1576342.01502/02/2022Kawasaki Motors Mfg. Corp., Usa

At 3:00 p.m. on January 27, 2022, an employee was straightening material along a storage rack working towards a coworker who was operating an elevated Order Pic ker in the middle portion of the rack. The employee worked his way to where he w as working directly below the elevated Order Picker. The coworker was unable to see that the employee was directly underneath him because his vision was obstruc ted by the Order Picker's pallet. The coworker began to lower the Order Picker a nd the pallet made contact with the employee's back as it was being lowered to t he ground. The employee was hospitalized to treat a fractured vertebra.

Keywords: dropped, fracture, obstructed view, order-picker , pallet, palletized cargo, picking an order, powered industrial vehicle, storage rack, struck by, vertebra

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1576342.015 62 M Hospitalized injury Stock and inventory clerks

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