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Accident: 201156445 - Employee Is Injured In Fall From Top Of Hopper Car

Accident: 201156445 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 09/12/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30085950109/12/20023312Tamco Steel
At approximately 1:45 a.m. on September 12, 2002, Employee #1, a mechanic for Tamco Steel, Inc., was on top of a hopper railcar, checking the level of zinc dust in the car. This zinc dust was the residue of hazardous waste generated from the electric arc furnace. The company collected this fine dust in a baghouse and transported it in railcars to out-of-State zinc recyclers. Employee #1 was moving on top of the railcar when he stumbled and fell 14 ft over the side onto the concrete surface. He suffered a compound fracture of his right femur, a fractured left patella, a fractured right wrist, and a fracture to his left eye socket. Coworkers came to his aid, and paramedics transported him to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, where he was hospitalized for four days.
Keywords: hopper car, fracture, dust, work rules, railroad car, tripped, fall, slippery surface, work surface, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300859501 Hospitalized injury Fracture Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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