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Accident: 731570 - Employee Killed When Van Falls Off Jack

Accident: 731570 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 04/04/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10405477004/30/19875932Calumet Auto Wrecking Inc

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 4, 1987, Employee #1, of Calumet Auto Wrecking, Inc., Hammond, IN, was removing a radiator from a 1975 Dodge van, located on line MA-9 in the salvage yard. He had jacked up the van using a standard bumper jack, and was under the front of the van, removing the radiator, when the jack slipped. The van fell on Employee #1, crushing his chest. He died of asphyxia. The vehicle was parked in soft dirt on uneven ground. The weather was clear but windy; the wind may have caused the van to move while it was on the jack. The cause of the accident was Employee #1's failure to support the vehicle with a stand or other object to prevent it from falling off the jack. Management did not have a written safety procedure and there were no safety rules to follow.

Keywords: high wind, asphyxiated, automotive repair, uneven ground, vehicle, unsecured, work rules, crushed, struck by, jack

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104054770 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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