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Accident: 201955374 - Employee Is Crushed When Trusses Fall During Unloading

Accident: 201955374 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 08/30/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31150127411/02/20072439Stark Truss Company, Inc.
On August 30, 2007, Employee #1 was injured when the trusses that were already banded on the truss stacker fell while being unloaded. Employee #1 attempted to move the center support for the trusses, while Employee #2, the lead man, and Employee #1's brother operated the forklift to lift the end of the trusses. The center support and left support were too close together to drive the forklift between them to lift up the banded-up trusses to get them off the stacker. They made a poor decision and misjudged the hazardous condition caused by moving the center support without backup support, rather than moving the outer support to make room for the forklift. Once the center support was loosened and started to be pushed to the side, the weight of the trusses just pushed it the rest of the way. The trusses fell over onto Employee #1, crushing him. Employee #1 became paralyzed and a quadriplegic.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, truss, spine, crushed, industrial truck, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311501274 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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