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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170237994 - Pregnant Employee Dies After Presumed Fall From Horse

Accident: 170237994 -- Report ID: 1055310 -- Event Date: 06/01/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11122318606/16/19930752False Bay Farms

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 1, 1993, employees discovered Employee #1, a dressage instructor working for False Bay Farms outside of Friday Harbor, Washington, lying unconscious on a hard gravel roadway between two horse barns. It is presumed that she either fell from or with the horse that was found saddled and riderless nearby. As a result, she suffered a closed head trauma and died 8 days later from brain stem herniation due to diffuse cerebral edema. Employee #1 was estimated to be 5 months pregnant at the time of the accident. The baby died of premature delivery at the time of the mother's death. Though the farm had ASTM approved horse riding helmets available, Employee #1 was not wearing one at the time of the accident.

Keywords: head, unconsciousness, protective clothing, ppe, agriculture, work rules, horse, fall, brain

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111223186 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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