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Accident: 170200232 - Employee'S Spleen Removed After Fall Into Floor Opening

Accident: 170200232 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 03/13/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11204698203/20/19922421Michigan-California Lumber Co.
At about 12:43 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 1992, Employee #1, a conveyor chain operator of Michigan California Lumber Co., left his station in the planing mill to make adjustments on the lumber grade stampers. He noticed a board coming down the conveyor crosswise, so he got up and started back to the control position. While taking a short cut over the machinery framework, he slipped on his first step up on the frame and he landed in an opening in the floor grating. The 3 ft by 3 ft by 2 ft 6 in. deep opening was left when a piece of machinery was removed two weeks before. When Employee #1 fell down, his left side struck the machinery framework, breaking several ribs and rupturing the spleen. First aid was administered and Employee #1 was transported to Marshall Hospital in Placerville, CA, where his spleen was removed.
Keywords: fracture, spleen, unguarded fl opening, work rules, slip, grating, rupture, rib, fall, floor opening
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112046982 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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