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Accident: 170206536 - Employee Fractures Neck In Fall From Unguarded Platform

Accident: 170206536 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 05/29/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11184472605/31/19912084Jordan Vineyard & Winery
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on May 29, 1991, Employee #1 and a coworker were 8 ft 6 1/2 in. high on an elevated work platform, repositioning 50 gallon wine barrels that had been treated with sulfur. Employee #1 stepped backward and fell 8 ft off the unguarded end of a platform. He suffered a neck fracture. Two days before the accident, the owner had told the cellar master to "get a crew and make sure the chains are up." The cellar master had agreed to do this, but had not completed it before work commenced in the area. The wine maker was not on site at the time of the accident. Employee #1 was removed to the local community hospital for emergency treatment and from there transported to a specialty hospital with expertise in the treatment of spinal injuries. At present he has stabilized and is gaining he use of his upper extremities.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, guardrail, work rules, fall, fall protection, neck, walking backward, elevated work plat, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111844726 Hospitalized injury Fracture Laborers, except construction

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