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Accident: 202087607 - Employee Is Paralyzed When Struck By Falling Bale Of Plastic

Accident: 202087607 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 05/23/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30944252306/13/20063082Modern Plastics Recovery Inc.
On May 23, 2006, Employee #1 was sweeping up a floor in a warehouse. He was near a stack of bales that were stacked six bales high. They were not interlocked, and the stack was approximately 16 feet tall. A bale of plastic intended for recycling and weighing 1,000 pounds rolled off the stack, falling approximately 13.6 feet. It struck Employee #1, breaking his back and paralyzing him from the waist down. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: janitor, fracture, paralysis, warehouse, back, plastic mfg, struck by, falling object, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309442523 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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