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Accident: 200460566 - Employee Killed In Fall From Storage Rack

Accident: 200460566 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 10/29/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11629756510/29/19995141Hallsmith-Sysco Foods, Incorporated
On the evening of November 2, 1999, Employee #1 was using a high-rise forklift to place bar code labels on the frames of pallet storage racks. He stepped off the operating platform to place a label on a frame that he could not reach because it was blocked by other pallets. He apparently stepped onto a box on the corner of a pallet to reach the rack frame, causing the corner box to drop off the pallet. Employee #1 lost his balance and fell between 10 and 11 ft onto the concrete floor, suffering a fractured skull and brain injuries due to blunt force trauma. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m. Employee #1 was wearing a body harness with a lanyard attached to the back of the body harness. The other end of the lanyard was found attached to a D-ring on the body harness. A coworker later stated that Employee #1's lanyard was attached to his body harness, not to the high-rise forklift.
Keywords: work rules, industrial truck, lanyard, fall, fall protection, mech mat handling, storage rack, lost balance, tie-off, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116297565 Fatality Fracture Stock and inventory clerks

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