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Accident: 170376594 - Employee Injured When Pinned Under Pallet Rack Cross Brace

Accident: 170376594 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 12/17/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11970285002/08/19955311Price-Costco
At approximately 6:46 a.m. on December 17, 1994, Employee #1, a certified forklift driver (3 months) made a turn in aisle #17 of a retail warehouse and lost control, pinning himself under the cross brace of a pallet rack, partially damaging it. A pallet of Tide boxes also fell from the top of the pallet rack onto him. Employee #1 underwent asphyxia for about 6 minutes. Several rescue attempts were made to relieve the weight of the cross brace and the fallen Tide boxes from his back. Finally, the forklift was activated and driven forward, freeing Employee #1 from the pinned position. Employee #1 was hospitalized with severe back bruising, head injuries, and torn finger ligaments. Four Crown #30RCTT stand-up rider counterbalance forklifts are used in the warehouse to distribute and stock merchandise.
Keywords: stand-up operator, palletized cargo, warehouse, pinned, back, industrial truck, sharp turn, struck by, falling object, lost control
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119702850 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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