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Accident: 170891147 - Untrained New Employee Suffers Leg Amputation In Switchyard

Accident: 170891147 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 01/08/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12011317001/09/19954491Kaiser International Corp
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on January 8, 1995, Employee #1 had been working about an hour on her first day of work at a switching yard. She was working between two rail cars and was required to open the car's knuckles and connect the air hoses. While Employee #1 connected the hoses of two parked rail cars, a third car approached and abruptly hit one of the cars, moving the parked rail cars and causing one of them to run over her right leg. Employee #1's leg was amputated. There were no derails, bumper blocks, or any controls to safeguard the employee. Employee #1 had not been instructed with respect to the hazards unique to the switchyard operation.
Keywords: longshoring, amputated, unsecured, work rules, railroad car, caught between, inexperience, air hose, untrained, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120113170 Hospitalized injury Fracture Motor transportation occuputions n.e.c.

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