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Accident: 170362081 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Decking Into Dry Bin

Accident: 170362081 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 01/27/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12566617202/19/19970831Hambro Forest Products Inc
Employee #1, a 19-year-old production technician in a particleboard plant, was assigned to repair a conveyor drive that was atop a dry bin on a section that was 44 in. lower than the rest of the top. Because no means of access was provided, he had to drop down onto this lower section. In so doing, he broke through the particleboard decking and fell into the bin. Employee #1 was buried up to his armpits and the levelers running in the bin were pulling him in further until the motor tripped the breaker and he was able to escape. He suffered a fractured left ankle and had the skin torn off his right calf, an injury that required two skin grafts to repair. The cause of the accident was not having proper access to the work area. The particleboard was a decking material, however, and should have been strong enough to handle the load. It is possible that the board's structural integrity may have been previously compromised.
Keywords: decking, fracture, repair, work rules, equipment failure, fall, work surface, ankle, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125666172 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machine operators, not specified

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