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Accident: 202478822 - Employee Falls From Forklift And Fractures Skull

Accident: 202478822 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 06/28/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31634651910/11/20122091Bumble Bee Foods Llc
At 1:30 p.m. on June 28, 2012, Employee #1, a forklift operator for Bumble Bee Foods, a company engaged in tuna canning, was working in the Freezer Room, removing pallets of tuna loins. While working in the Freezer Room, a coworker asked Employee #1 to bring down tuna loins from some pallets. The tuna loins were located on the second pallet, which was approximately eight to nine and a half feet from the ground. To access the tuna loins, Employee #1 climbed the back of the forklift, and stood on the tail end of the equipment. While standing on the back of the forklift, Employee #1 removed a tuna loin from a pallet and placed it on the top of the forklift grill. After placing the tuna loin down, Employee #1 proceeded to the left side of the forklift to start his climb down. As Employee #1 was climbing down, his left foot slipped causing him to fall approximately seven to eight feet to the ground. When Employee #1 fell, he struck the back of his head on the concrete floor. Employee #1 was transported by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital for medical treatment. Because of the fractured skull and associated bleeding, the emergency doctor determined that Employee #1 needed a higher level of care. Employee #1 was transferred to Torrance Community Hospital in Torrance, California. He was there one week. Bumble Bee Tuna LLC is a tuna canning company operating within the United States. The company was founded in 1974 and has 500 employees. This location has approximately 250 employees.
Keywords: fracture, head, industrial truck, fall, freezer compartment
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316346519 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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