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Accident: 171056377 - Employee Killed When Head Caught In Container Door

Accident: 171056377 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 04/16/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12678685404/17/19984953Ecdc Environmental
Employee #1 and a coworker were preparing intermodal containers for pressure washing. A manual cable winch was attached to a chain that was welded onto the door of the container. The winch was then tightened to open the door. When the door had been opened approximately 4 ft, Employee #1 began to place a brace into the container's edge to prop it open. The cable attached to the chain suddenly broke and Employee #1's head became caught in the opening as the container door closed. He was killed.
Keywords: head, wire rope, cleaning, broken cable, equipment failure, caught between, containerized cargo, winch, door
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126786854 Fatality Concussion Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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