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Accident: 202312328 - Employee Caught Between Semi And Loading Dock

Accident: 202312328 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 12/01/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11968584001/24/20000181Color Spot Nurseries, Inc.
At approximately 3:12 p.m. on December 1, 1999, Employee #1 was apparently signaling a truck driver, who was backing up, to stop, so that he could handle the lift gate prior to loading. The driver either misread or did not see the signal and continued to back up. Employee #1 positioned himself between the semi-trailer truck and steel post, and bent over to reach for the lift gate. At this point, he was out of sight and out of communicative mode, i.e., hand signaling mode, with the driver. The semi-trailer truck continued backing up slowly, entrapping Employee #1's head between it and the steel column. When another employee saw what was happening, he immediately signaled the semi-trailer truck to pull forward. Employee #1 sustained a fractured jaw and facial bruising as a result of this accident.
Keywords: loading, fracture, steel column, caught between, truck, face, backing up, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119685840 Hospitalized injury Fracture Laborers, except construction

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