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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304298722 - Michel Distribution Services, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 3

 

Inspection Nr: 304298722
Report ID: 0352430
Open Date: 03/23/2001

Site Address:
Michel Distribution Services, Inc
500 Old Post Road
Aberdeen, MD 21001

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:4214

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 04/10/2001

Emphasis: L:4200

Close Case:04/10/2001


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100968064

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200968642
Event: 03/23/2001
Employee Had Bruises Driving A Fork Lift Into A Steel Column

Employee #1, a yard jockey for Michal Distribution, had bruises when he drove a fork lift he was not authorized to drive into a steel column. Employee #1's duties were to operate a yard tractor to park semi-trailers at assigned loading docks. The Model Number of the fork lift was H 20 CT 600 03. The Serial Number was 42 X 350L 0035620. Employee #1 was the sole employee of Michael Distribution at this site. Warehouse operations were performed by Shipworks Logistics, who was essentially a subcontractor to Michael Distribution. Witnesses stated that Employee #1 was operating the fork lift at a high rate of speed (the fork lift repair company estimated that the truck was traveling at or near maximum speed) when the lift struck a steel column. The column measured ten inches by ten inches. Witnesses indicated that Employee #1 was looking to his right when the accident occurred. It was later learned that the fork lift was out of service due to a broken seat latch, and the key had been removed and the unit tagged out. The shift coordinator for Shipworks stated that Employee #1 had requested the key to the fork lift earlier on the shift but was turned down. No one instructed Employee #1 to operate the machine nor was anyone aware that Employee #1 was operating the fork lift. Employee #1 was not trained or certified to operate a fork lift, and the employee's written job description did not include operating a fork lift. Employee #1 was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by MSP helicopter. Employee #1 was complaining of head and chest pain. He was treated and released on the same day.

Keywords:column, industrial truck, contusion

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304298722 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Truck drivers, heavy
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