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Accident: 200260131 - Employee Injured In Fall From Truck Catwalk, Later Dies

Accident: 200260131 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 05/13/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30173281406/03/19972048Pilgrim'S Pride
At approximately 7:25 a.m. on May 13, 1997, Employee #1 was repairing the hydraulic pump on the 22 ft boom extension on feed truck #680. He was standing on the 18 in. wide catwalk that was mounted on feed truck trailer #234T, pulling on a braided 1/2 in. nylon rope that was tied to the feed truck boom. The rope came untied and Employee #1 lost his balance. He jumped 11 ft 6 in. to the ground, breaking his left leg and right heel. Paramedics took Employee #1 to Columbia Regional Hospital in Dequeen, AK, where x-rays were taken and he was stabilized. Complications developed, and Employee #1 was transported to St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, TX, where he went into cardiac arrest. Employee #1 underwent surgery and remained in a coma in the intensive care unit from May 16, 1997, until his death on June 1, 1997.
Keywords: fracture, repair, unsecured, work rules, cardiac arrest, catwalk, fall, truck boom, lost balance, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301732814 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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