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Accident: 170379184 - Employee Dislocates Knee After Falling Into Open Pit

Accident: 170379184 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 06/09/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11973834206/22/19944111San Mateo Country Transit District
At about 10:00 a.m. on June 9, 1994, Employee #1, a senior maintenance supervisor, was walking on an 18 inch wide platform around the edge of a water/sludge collection sump in the bus wash area at a depot. He was cleaning the sump, which is about 6 feet square and 12 feet deep, and was uncovered and not protected against employees falling in. As Employee #1 poured water from a hose onto the sludge to keep it fluid, he fell into another opening, trapping his leg, and hanging head-down in the pit. He was hospitalized for treatment of a dislocated knee and torn ligaments.
Keywords: knee, platform, maintenance, sump tank, cleaning, dislocated, pit, fall, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119738342 Hospitalized injury Dislocation Occupation not reported

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