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Accident: 170727291 - Employee Falls While Climbing A Bulkhead Flatcar Ladder

Accident: 170727291 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 04/11/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11976338104/12/19942411Pacific Lumber Co.
Employees were loading units of lumber on a railroad bulkhead flatcar and banding the units together. Employee #1 was using the built-in ladder on the bulkhead at one end of the flatcar. He was climbing when he fell to the asphalt below from about 3/4 of the way up the ladder. An employee was working on top of the loader flatcar and another was walking away from the flatcar, but neither saw what happened and Employee #1 doesn't remember what caused him to fall. He sustained head and back injuries and is undergoing rehabilitation to regain the use of his legs. The employer was cited for a serious violation of 3339(b) for not providing a safe means of access because the ladder didn't meet the requirements of 3277; there wasn't a safe access from the top of the ladder to the units of lumber and the employees working on top of the lumber units were not protected from falling approximately 15 feet to the asphalt below.
Keywords: paralysis, flatbed rail car, work rules, fixed ladder, fall, fall protection, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119763381 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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