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Accident: 201067691 - Employee Dies After Being Struck By Container

Accident: 201067691 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/27/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12587203605/07/20043444Spec-Built Systems
At 10:15 a.m. on April 27, 2004, Employee #1, a worker for an employer that specializes in sheet metal fabrication, was moving a container with a pallet jack near the west entrance of the shipping and receiving area. As Employee #1 was moving the container, it bumped into another container located above it. The containers became interlocked, and when Employee #1 backed up the pallet jack, the top container fell on him. Three coworkers witnessed the accident and came to Employee #1's aid, lifting the container off of him. Employee #1 was transported to USCD Hillcrest Hospital, where he was admitted and underwent surgery for multiple head and body injuries. Employee #1 died nine days later. The accident investigation revealed that the container was not secured properly, which caused it to fall when he backed up the pallet jack.
Keywords: janitor, head, palletized cargo, laceration, manual mat handling, pallet, struck by, containerized cargo, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125872036 Fatality Cut/Laceration Janitors and cleaners

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