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Accident: 1003573 - Employee Paralyzed After Fall Through Open Hatch Of Ship

Accident: 1003573 -- Report ID: 0253630 -- Event Date: 06/03/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10213898906/23/19864491Seaport Division Nfta
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on June 3, 1986, Employee #1 was mooring a ship, the Samuel Wilkeson, after throwing the bow line onto the pier. He was proceeding to the stern of the vessel when he tripped on a 3/4 in. nylon rope on the deck and fell through an open hatch into the engine compartment. He struck the engine during the fall and landed on the floor of the compartment, 4 ft below deck level. Employee #1 dislocated two vertebrae and following surgery is completely paralyzed. He remains hospitalized as of June 23, 1986.
Keywords: longshoring, paralysis, struck against, tripped, walking surface, dislocated, ship, fall, floor opening, vertebra
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102138989 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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