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Accident: 201790144 - Employee Injured In Fall Into Surface Access Pit

Accident: 201790144 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 11/26/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12558286612/23/19963795United Defense, Cp
At approximately 6:30 p.m., Employee #1 and a coworker were painting a new prototype military-style vehicle. The two worked as a team and had a long-standing protocol wherein all working surface access pits were closed immediately upon exiting. When the coworker left the bottom access pit, a company photographer was standing in the staircase well taking pictures of the new vehicle being painted. When the photographer concluded his work, he departed and left the access pit grate open. Employee #1, who was working with his back to the pit, continued to paint the vehicle, stepping backward as usual. He stepped into the open access pit and fell between 5 and 7 ft onto the metal steps. Employee #1 fractured parts of his spine and sustained other body trauma, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, spine, work rules, pit, fall, walking backward, communication, unguarded, work surface
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125582866 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painting and paint spraying machine operators

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