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Accident: 115663.015 - Employee Suffers Fractures In Fall From Elevated Platform

Accident: 115663.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 04/22/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1395632.01504/24/2019Mp & A Inc.
At 9:30 p.m. on April 22, 2019, an employee was working as a laborer for a manuf acturer of coated and laminated packaging paper. He was emptying bags into a hop per. He was working while on an elevated platform. He was cutting open 22.7-kg ( 50-pound) bags of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and emptying them into a hopper. The h opper had a larger container or bag of approximately 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds ) capacity attached to it. The company repackaged the smaller bags into a larger container or bag for a customer. The employee was working with a supervisor on the platform. The supervisor had placed a pallet of 22.7-kg (50-pound) bags of T iO2 onto the platform and was walking up the stairs, when the employee fell from the platform. The employee suffered a fracture to the area around an eye, a wri st, and a shoulder when he fell to the ground. He was hospitalized. The area whe re the pallet was loaded onto the platform ordinarily had a safety chain across the opening. The chain had been removed to allow the pallet to be loaded. There was no mid-rail chain or lower chain installed across the area, only the top cha in. The supervisor was going up to the platform to reattach the chain when the e mployee fell.
Keywords: chain, elevated work platform, eye, fall, fall protection, fracture, guardrail, hopper, manual mat handling, shoulder, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1395632.015 30 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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