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Accident: 201572310 - Employee Killed When Trapped In Freezer

Accident: 201572310 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 08/16/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11611975108/19/20020139Westlands, Inc.
On August 16, 2002, Employee #1 entered a walk-in freezer. She turned the internal release mechanism to the 'closed' position and then the handle broke off. This made it impossible for her to turn the mechanism to the 'open' position. Employee #1 was trapped in the freezer, where she froze to death.
Keywords: agriculture, work rules, equipment failure, frozen, freezer compartment, communication, door
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116119751 Fatality Freezing/Frost Bite Housekeepers and butlers

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