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Accident: 100239.015 - Electric Pallet Jack Operator Fractures Foot As He Gets Off

Accident: 100239.015 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 10/24/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1273497.01510/27/2017Ilad Inc.
At 5:30 p.m. on October 24, 2017, an employee was working at a firm engaged in g eneral warehousing and storage. The facility where he worked functioned as a sto rage, warehousing, and distribution center for apparel and general merchandise. The employee had been sent to the fixed facility by a temporary employment agenc y. The employee was a contract employee of the agency. The employee was operatin g a Caterpillar Model Number WR6000 battery-powered riding pallet jack, with Ser ial Number 90356563, and Designation Number 5, in the warehouse. The incident oc curred in the facility's battery charging area. The temporary employee was drivi ng the pallet jack. While it was still in motion, he got off the pallet jack and crashed into the wall of the battery charging station. His foot became caught b etween the jack and the wall. He sustained a fractured left ankle. He was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, in Colton, CA, for treatment. He was hospi talized. There were five managers involved in the investigation. The first manag er, who was the warehouse manager, reported the serious injury accident at 8:20 a.m. on the following day, October 25, 2017. The fifth manager, who was the dire ctor of human resources for the temporary agency, reported the serious injury ac cident at 1:56 a.m. on October 25, 2017, via the Division's answering service. T hese two both reported the serious injury accident in timely manner as required by T8CCR 342(a). During an interview, the employee stated that the second manage r of the firm that owned the warehouse was aware that he was operating the elect ric rider pallet jack, because that manager had showed him the control functions . A coworker confirmed and stated that he had been operating the electric rider pallet jack prior to his certification to operate it. The second manager of the warehouse's owner supervised the employees there. The third manager, who worked for the temporary agency was responsible for employee safety and health enforcem ent at the warehouse facility. This responsibility included training, evaluation , and certification for the newly hired industrial truck operators. The injured employee had not been trained or certified to operate the electric rider pallet jack.
Keywords: battery charger, caught between, foot, fracture, ind trk operator, industrial truck, powered industrial vehicle, struck against, untrained, warehouse, work rules
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1273497.015 18 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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