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Accident: 201505492 - Employee Suffers Fractured Face When Struck By Pole

Accident: 201505492 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 03/25/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30733711304/07/20055399Costco Wholesale
A coworker was using the forks of a forklift to remove four bolts holding down a 77-in.-high and 48-in.-long galvanized steel "T-Pole". During this process, Employee #1 was standing approximately four feet to six feet away counting inventory on a pallet. As the coworker used the tips of the forklift to shear off the floor-mounted bolts, the "T-pole" popped up and rotated to the right of the forklift and hit Employee #1 on the right side of his face as he looked up to see what was causing the noise. Employee #1 suffered a fracture and was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, column, industrial truck, bolt, struck by, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307337113 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, personal service occupations

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