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Accident: 14550578 - Crushed Between Couplers On Railroad Tank Cars

Accident: 14550578 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 09/07/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
158601508/08/19842874Beker Industries Corporation
ON AUGUST 7, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 6:30 PM, EMPLOYEE #1, A BRAKEMAN, WAS SWITCHING RAIL CARS FOR WEIGHING. WHILE THE ELEVEN CAR TRAIN, WITH ENGINE, WAS IN MOTION EMPLOYEE #1 STEPPED BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD CARS, SEPARATED THE COUPLERS AND TURNED OFF THE AIR BRAKE COCK ON THE THIRD CAR. HE THEN TOLD THE ENGINER TO SPEED UP. AS THE ENGINE THROUGH SECOND CAR ACCELERATED, THE AIR HOSE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD CARS WAS PULLED APART. BRAKE AIR PRESSURE THEN ESCAPED FROM THE BRAKE SYSTEMS OF THE ENGINE AND CARS 1 AND 2, ACTIVATING THE EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM. AS THE ENGINE AND FIRST TWO CARS SLOWED DOWN, THE BRAKEMAN SAW HIS MISTAKE AND STEPPED BETWEEN CARS 2 AND 3 AGAIN TO RECTIFY THE PROBLEM. CARS 3 THROUGH 11, NOW ROLLING FASTER THAN THE ENGINE AND CARS 1 AND 2, STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 AND CRUSHED HIM AGAINST THE STOPPED ENGINE AND CARS 1 AND 2.
Keywords: brake, railroad tank car, brakeman, crushed, air hose, railroad
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1586015 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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