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Accident: 201790151 - Employee Injured By Forklift When Hydraulic Jack Fails

Accident: 201790151 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 03/11/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12558307003/11/19973312B H Tank Works, Inc.
At 8:35 a.m., Employee #1 began to inspect and service the U-joints on a large, 15,000 lb capacity industrial forklift. Using his personal hydraulic jack, he raised the lift and partially blocked the vehicle. He then entered the zone beneath the undercarriage and began to work. Minutes later, he heard a crack and felt the undercarriage shift as fell, pinning Employee #1 to the ground. He sustained multiple trauma to his chest and abdomen. Employee #1's efforts to block the forklift were ineffective. The employer was fully aware that Employee #1 was using his own jack, and he encouraged the mechanics to bring in and use their own tools.
Keywords: chest, abdomen, hydraulic jack, blocks, pinned, work rules, equipment failure, industrial truck, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125583070 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Heavy equipment mechanics

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