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Accident: 101434.015 - Employee Amputates Leg When Run Over By A Railroad Hopper

Accident: 101434.015 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 11/30/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1282493.01512/04/2017Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assn. Inc.
At 12:45 p.m. on November 30, 2017, an employee was working for a co-operative e lectric utility, or co-op. He was working at a coal-fired generation plant. The plant received shipments of coal from a railroad. The railroad would place coal cars, or hoppers, filled with coal at the plant. The employee was working with a coworker to move cuts, or strings, of hoppers around the plant to where they we re needed. The coworker was in the lead locomotive, or unit, of two or more loco motives, working as the engineer. The employee was working on the ground, as a s witchman, or on the cars, as a brakeman. He was directing his coworker in the le ad unit. The hoppers were being shoved and pulled through turnouts, or switches, for positioning on the proper track. The locomotives pushing the main portion o f the cut of hoppers began moving. The employee had not expected this motion. He attempted to apply, or set, the hand brake at the end of a hopper manually. He fell off the car he was riding and landed in the path of the cars wheel. His ri ght leg was run over and amputated. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, brake, brakeman, coal car, e ptd, electrical, fall, leg, locomotive, lost balance, railroad, railroad car, railroad track, wheel
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1282493.015 57 M Hospitalized injury Equipment Operator: Heavy

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