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Accident: 201068228 - Employee'S Leg And Knee Are Fractured In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 201068228 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 10/07/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12587616910/21/20045311Wal Mart
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on October 7, 2004, Employee #1, a Wal-Mart cashier, was cleaning up boxes in a storage area prior to the store's grand opening. He was on a 4-ft, type IA, aluminum stepladder (Johnson Model Number 205104WM) placed at a right angle to the steel storage racks. As Employee #1 was passing a long box down to a coworker, one end of the box opened. While attempting to contain the box contents, Employee #1 lost his balance and fell. His left leg became entangled in the ladder rungs, causing fractures of his lower leg and knee. Employee #1 was hospitalized at Grossmont Hospital, where he was treated for a tibia patellar fracture and had surgery to install plates in his lower leg and knee. The ladder was inspected following the accident, and was found to be brand new, with slip resistant feet. The ladder was rated at 300 lbs; however, Employee #1 weighed over 400 lbs.
Keywords: fracture, box lid, stepladder, ladder, overloaded, fall, storage rack, lost balance, storage area, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125876169 Hospitalized injury Fracture Cashiers

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