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Accident: 201795515 - Employee Injured When Crushed Between Fork Lift And Column

Accident: 201795515 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 05/20/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11982018105/20/20024225Poundex Associates Corp.
At 12:45 p.m. on May 20, 2002, a serious occupational injury occurred at Poundex Associates Corporation in Industry, California. Employee #1 and a coworker were employees of Poundex Associates Corporation. At the time of the incident the coworker, a supervisor, was operating a Komatsu propane powdered sit-down industrial fork truck or fork lift, Model FG 15ST-15, serial number 363525A. Employee #1 was standing on the forks of the fork lift facing the operator. Employee #1 was holding onto the back guard with his left hand and supporting a propane cylinder that was resting on the left fork with his right hand. The above employees were driving through the warehouse looking for a full propane cylinder to replace the empty one that Employee #1 was supporting. The forks were elevated about 5 inches above the floor. The coworker had just turned north to enter an aisle that was between Rows 75 and 76. Employee #1 and the coworker were looking east to see where the full propane cylinders were stored when the industrial fork truck struck a support column, crushing Employee #1 between the mast uprights, the back guard and the support column. Employee #1 was transported to UCLA Harbor General Medical Center where he spent at least 16 days as a result of a broken right leg and a broken right arm.
Keywords: fracture, column, caught between, crushed, industrial truck, arm, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119820181 Hospitalized injury Fracture Sales workers, parts

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