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Accident: 200560027 - Employee Killed When Struck By Particleboard Spacers

Accident: 200560027 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 03/27/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10967756703/28/19965031Hardware Systems, Inc.
At approximately 9:55 a.m. on March 27, 1996, Employee #1 was using a forklift to unload pallets of 4 ft by 8 ft sheets of particleboard from a railroad boxcar. The particleboard had been laid flat on the pallets in banded units, and to prevent the load from shifting in transit, air bags had been placed between the units, with 4 sheets of particleboard standing vertically on each side of an air bag. Employee #1 deflated an air bag, unloaded one stack of particleboard, and then removed four sheets of spacers. He then dismounted the forklift and had just walked into the boxcar when the four remaining sheets of particleboard spacers fell, striking him on the head. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: head, unsecured, railroad car, boxcar, fall, mech mat handling, off loading, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109677567 Fatality Fracture Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.

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