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Accident: 202454070 - Employee Injured When Forklift Battery Failed

Accident: 202454070 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 09/21/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31048923210/03/20072434Ample Commodities Inc
An employee was unloading a container when his forklift started failing because its battery was discharged. (This forklift frequently needed its battery changed.) To replace the battery, the employee lifted the seat cover and removed the battery. He replaced it with one that was fully charged. After connecting the first cable to its terminal, he connected the second cable. The battery failed, spewing acid onto the employee. He was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for acid exposure to his hands, a seizure, and blurred vision. He was released from the hospital the same day.
Keywords: battery, electrical, e gi vii, equipment failure, industrial truck, chemical burn, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310489232 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Laborers, except construction

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