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Accident: 109431.015 - Employee Was Stepped On And Thrown By Elephant

Accident: 109431.015 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 06/20/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1325562.01506/25/2018Monterey Zoological Society, Inc.
At 9:57 a.m. on June 20, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker were walking two African elephants (Paula and Kristy) to the bed and breakfast bungalows to show them to guests. The two handlers were using a cane and a bait bag with treats to provide direction and instruction to the elephants. As the elephants and their handlers approached the bed and breakfast near Bungalow # 1, Paula stopped in a nearby field refusing to continue. The coworker could not get Paula to move, so Employee #1 took over. The employee took aggressive action with Paula, which caused the elephant to become agitated. Paula stepped on Employee #1s foot. The employee fell to the ground and the elephant began thrashing the employee on the ground. Employee #1 grabbed onto the tusks of the elephant, but the elephant threw him approximately 3 to 4 feet to the side. He sustained fractures and contusions, and was hospitalized for more than 24-hours.
Keywords: struck by, contusion, foot, fracture, animal handler
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1325562.015 28 F Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Animal caretakers, except farm

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