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Accident: 14446348 - Construction Employee Killed When Struck In Head By Coil

Accident: 14446348 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 05/20/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301976706/25/19871541Southern Testing And Engineering Co., Inc.
HEATING COILS WERE BEING REMOVED FROM A DRY KILN FOR RETROFITTING. A HYSTER FORKLIFT WHICH WAS IN NEED OF SERVICING WAS BEING USED TO LIFT THE COILS. A SECTION OF COIL, 150 INCHES LONG AND 67 INCHES WIDE, WEIGHING 1500 POUNDS, SUPPORTED BY A CHAIN DRAPED OVER THE LIFT'S FORKS, WAS LIFTED TO A HEIGHT OF 2 FEET. THE FORKLIFT SUDDENLY SLIPPED INTO REVERSE, CAUSING IT TO JERK OUT FROM UNDER THE CHAINS AND ALLOWING THE LOAD TO DROP. THE COIL STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 ABOVE THE KNEES, KNOCKING HIM TO HIS KNEES. HE THEN WHIPLASHED BACKWARDS, STRIKING HIS HEAD AND SUFFERING A FATAL CONCUSSION.
Keywords: head, unsecured, construction, industrial truck, struck by, concussion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3019767 Fatality Concussion Structural metal workers

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