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Accident: 170200117 - Employee'S Knee Ligaments Torn In Fall Through Open Grate

Accident: 170200117 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 08/24/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11188388011/02/19902812Dow Chemical
During a plant shutdown, subcontractors were working on a pipeline that was beneath a 25 ft high work platform. The subcontractors worked all day, but when they left they did not replace a 2 ft by 4 ft section of floor grating on the platform because they thought a coworker would make a final inspection of the job. The coworker did make a visual close-out inspection, but no one climbed onto the section of the platform where the grate had been left open. It remained open for two days. At 2:00 a.m. on August 24, 1990, Employee #1 fell through the grate opening and severely tore the ligaments in his right knee.
Keywords: knee, unguarded fl opening, work rules, grating, fall, floor opening, elevated work plat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111883880 Hospitalized injury Dislocation Mixing and blending machine operators

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