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Accident: 201621059 - Employee'S Torso Is Crushed When Pinned By Counterweight

Accident: 201621059 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 06/27/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30531164907/01/20027692Maranatha Marketing & Mfg Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30531165607/02/20022421Roseburg Forest Products Co
On June 27, 2002, Employee #1 and three coworkers, of Maranatha Marketing and Manufacturing, Inc., were assigned to clean up at the Roseburg Forest Products power plant in preparation for some maintenance work scheduled for the shutdown on July 4. Employee #1 and one of the coworkers were cleaning around the modules that had moving hydraulic cylinders and counterweights, referred to as yokes. The coworker left for a personal reason and Employee #1 was working alone when he stood up behind a counterweight to clean the area. The counterweight moved backward in its cycle and struck Employee #1 at mid-torso, pinning him against a support column. A coworker entered the area and heard Employee #1 screaming for help. The coworker could not free Employee #1 alone and went for help. After 45 seconds, the counterweight retracted and released Employee #1, who collapsed and crawled away a short distance until coworkers of Roseburg Forest Products came to his aid. He sustained crushing injuries to his torso and was transported to a local hospital. He was hospitalized and treated for fracture.
Keywords: clearance, counterbalance, work rules, cleaning, inattention, pinned, torso, caught between, crushed
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305311649 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 305311656 Occupation not reported

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