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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302257241 - Smurfit-Stone Container

Inspection Information - Office: St. Louis


Inspection Nr: 302257241
Report ID: 0729300
Open Date: 04/20/1999

Site Address:
Smurfit-Stone Container
5505 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63120

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 04/20/1999


Close Case:04/21/1999

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 361797947

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200010460
Event: 04/19/1999
Employee Killed When Caught Between Rising Bucket And Rops

On March 28, 1997, Employee #1 was exiting a Case loader when he became caught between the ROPS and the lifting mechanism for the bucket as it ascended. He was hospitalized and kept on life support until April 19, 1999. The company had purchased the loader used, and had hired outside contractors for maintenance. Mmeco, the authorized dealer, conducted an accident investigation and determined that the tie rods were incorrectly adjusted. The plate could not be lowered over the two bars on the bell crank, which permitted the control lever to be accidentally activated by Employee #1 when he attempted to exit.

Keywords:maintenance, loader bucket, work rules, control lever, rops, caught between, loader, mech malfunction

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302257241 Fatality Other Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.
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