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Accident: 170379085 - Employee Runs Over Own Leg With Electric Cart

Accident: 170379085 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 03/08/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11974567703/30/19944512American Airlines
When Employee #1, the operator, parked an electric cart, he allegedly shifted the directional gear lever to neutral, but forgot to engage the parking brake (per witness) before stepping off. The operator's seat is directly over the left front wheel and is low enough that the operator's left foot can rest on the ground while still seated. The front wheels were turned to the left and the left wheel was protruding. Since the cart had not come to a full stop, the instant Employee #1 stepped off, left foot first, the wheel caught his left shoe and pulled him forward. His right arm may have re-engaged the directional lever back to forward and his right knee may have depressed the accelerator pedal, causing the cart to lurch forward. The left wheel ran over Employee #1's ankle and foot.
Keywords: vehicle in gear, brake, work rules, run over, ankle, cart, foot, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119745677 Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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