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Accident: 170886600 - Employee Injured When Pinned Against Wall By Vehicle

Accident: 170886600 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 12/17/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12557274301/07/19977539Sound Systems Products Corp.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 17, 1996, Employee #, the store manager at Sound Systems Products, Mountain View, CA, was helping to install several audio and video components on a vehicle. A coworker had to put the vehicle's transition selector, located on the steering column, to D1 position. This was necessary for removing the dashboard trim to install a radio and to troubleshoot for engine noise back feeding through the audio system. The coworker had trouble starting the vehicle and called to Employee #1 for help. Using a screwdriver, Employee #1 attempted to start the vehicle from the starter relay, which was inside the engine compartment. The vehicle jumped and pinned Employee #1 against the shop wall. He sustained multiple bone fractures, and his leg was cut open from the knee to the groin. Employee #1 was transported by ambulance to Stanford Hospital, where he underwent several surgeries before being released on January 29, 1997. The Mountain View Fire Department reported the accident to the San Jose DOSH on December 17, 1996; the employer failed to report the serious injury of an employee to DOSH. Subsequent investigation revealed that the company did not have a written safety program (IIPP), or records of training or inspections. Its document, Sound Systems' Safety Rules, did not meet the requirements of an IIPP or a job specific code of safe practices. It also included one safety rule that was unenforceable, vague, and probably in violation of the T8CCR safety orders. In addition, the sign-up sheet that accompanied the Safety Rules did not meet the requirements of a training document.
Keywords: fracture, installing, vehicle in gear, pinned, work rules, started in gear, caught between, laceration, motor vehicle, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125572743 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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