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Accident: 1000702 - Employee'S Hip Fractured When Pinned Against Wall By Crate

Accident: 1000702 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 06/27/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
297452511/02/19881799Electrical Maintenance Overflow Co.
At approximately 9:23 a.m. on June 27, 1988, Employee #1 was attempting to help her supervisor and three coworkers move a 4 ft by 4 ft by 10 ft crate that weighed approximately 1,500 lb. Half of the crate had been moved from a trailer. The three coworkers were standing inside the trailer about 1 ft from the end of the crate while Employee #1 was facing the front of the crate with her back to a wall and the shipping door. The supervisor had instructed her to take this position to put weight on the crate. When the supervisor, using a T-50B 13 1/2 ton capacity Caterpillar, approached the crate, the forks caught the bottom of the crate and jolted it forward. The crate pinned Employee #1 between it, a wall, and an 8 in. steel and concrete post on her right. Employee #1 suffered a fractured hip and was held overnight in the hospital. Employees were not trained on how to use forklifts or in proper material handling techniques.
Keywords: fracture, wall, crate, pinned, work rules, column, construction, industrial truck, untrained, hip
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2974525 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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