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Accident: 202489894 - Falling Totes Strikes And Injures Warehousman

Accident: 202489894 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 01/07/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31323228201/14/20102044Farmers' Rice Cooperative
On January 7, 2010, Employee #1, a warehouseman with Farmers' Rice Cooperative, was transporting palletized product from a warehouse location to a loading dock. To the left side of the palletized material was a row of rice filled one-ton totes stacked three or four totes high. Employee #1 was around the third or fourth tote when he removed a double palletized load from the area. As Employee #1 was backing up, he noticed a small quantity of rice at the base of a tote and upon returning from off-loading the pallets; he got some tape and got off his forklift to patch the ripped tote. Employee #1 walked into the aisle and facing the totes he kneeled down to patch the tote. Just as he placed the tape on the tote, the totes stacked above this particular tote fell over, striking Employee #1 and pinning him to the floor. A coworker who was first on the scene after the incident confirmed that three totes had fallen over in a somewhat straight-line though only two totes struck Employee #1. Employee #1 indicated that the only thing he did was to try to patch a small rip in the tote and did not move the tote. After the totes were removed from on top of Employee #1, he was transported to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Employee #1 sustained a fracture and crack to his back at L-5 vertebrae (no surgery) along with a ligament tear and rupture of the right knee with pending surgery for the knee but was released later that day.
Keywords: spine, warehouse, crate, back, industrial truck, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313232282 Non Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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