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Accident: 14223192 - Fall Between Railroad Engine & Rail Car

Accident: 14223192 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 08/20/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1473915508/20/19843315Inland Steel Company
AT APPROXIMATELY 1:15 AM ON 08/20/84, EMPLOYEE #1, A CONDUCTOR FOR INLAND STEEL COMPANY, 3210 WATLING ST, E CHICAGO, INDIANA, INCURRED FATAL INJURIES AS A RESULT OF A FALL BETWEEN A YARD ENGINE AND A 'SLUG' CAR. THE SLUG CAR WAS LOCATED AT THE SOUTH END OF THE #4 BASIC OXYGEN FURNACE CASTER BUILDING IN PLANT 2 OF INLAND STEEL COMPANY. EMPLOYEE #1 FELL BETWEEN THE YARD ENGINE AND THE 'SLUG' CAR, BETWEEN THE TRACKS. HE WAS STRUCK BY THE AXLES OF THE SLUG CAR AND THE NORTH PILOT CAR. THE ENGINE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING SOUTH TO THE REFUSE TRACK SWITCH TO PICK UP A SET OF MOLDS AND RETURN TO THE SOUTH POURING LEAD TRACK. THE ENGINE CONTROLLER WAS ON THE LEAD PILOT CAR AT THE SOUTH END OF THE TRAIN. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE PILOT CAR ON THE NORTH END OF THE TRAIN. FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, EMPLOYEE #1 ATTEMPTED TO MOVE TO THE ENGINE WHILE THE TRAIN WAS MOVING. IT IS ASSUMED THAT HE TRIED TO JUMP FROM THE SLUG CAR TO THE ENGINE. THERE WERE SAFETY RAILINGS INSTALLED ON BOTH CARS TO PREVENT THIS ACTION. EMPLOYEE #1 APPARENTLY SLIPPED AND FELL BETWEEN THE ENGINE AND THE 'SLUG' CAR, BETWEEN THE TRACKS. HE WAS STRUCK BY THE AXLES ON THE 'SLUG' CAR THE PILOT CAR AS THE TRAIN MOVED SOUTH. HE SUFFERED A CRUSHED TORSO, A BROKEN NECK AND HEAD INJURIES.
Keywords: fracture, head, guardrail, torso, engine, crushed, neck, railroad
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14739155 Fatality Fracture Railroad brake, signal and switch operators

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