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Accident: 170203210 - Employee Struck By Rope While Using Rail Car Puller

Accident: 170203210 -- Report ID: 0950626 -- Event Date: 06/10/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11194111807/09/19902819Imperial West Chemical
Employee #1 was using a rope on a capstan-type railroad car puller to move a loaded chlorine rail car that had rolled off the end of a rail siding. Employee #1 was pulling on the tail of a rope that was attached to the rail car. He was standing a few feet from the rotating car puller. The 1 1/2 in. diameter polypropylene rope was wrapped twice around the Stevens Adamson Inc. car puller driven by a 10 HP Allis Chalmers motor. The capstan of the car puller was 12 in. in diameter and 9 in. high. The rope became crossed on the capstan, resulting in loss of control by the employee. The rope was incorrectly rigged. Employee #1 was struck by the rope and suffered a fractured right lower leg and foot.
Keywords: fracture, rope, railroad car, struck by, flying object, lost control, winch, foot, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111941118 Hospitalized injury Fracture Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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