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Accident: 202549754 - Employee Is Injured When Pinned By Pallet Stacker

Accident: 202549754 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 09/17/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30930347710/15/20085411The Kroger Co Dba Ralphs Grocery Company
At approximately 2:00 p.m., on September 17, 2008, Employee #1, the front end manager for a retail grocery store, was moving pallets of goods in the rear warehouse. He was using a Crown pallet stacker (Model 30WTL, Serial Number 6A180390). His supervisor, the store director, was carrying out business elsewhere in the store. Employee #1 began to park the pallet stacker in its usual parking spot, across the walkway from the store's baler. However, when he turned the controls to make the stacker move forward, it continued to move backward and pinned him against the baler. The emergency button on the handle was activated by the pressure of pinning Employee #1 and the pallet stacker moved forward, releasing him. He either fell or sat down on the floor, and was discovered by another employee minutes later. Employee #1 was taken to a local medical center, where he was hospitalized and admitted for surgery and treatment for a torn mesenteric artery.
Keywords: abdomen, palletized cargo, pinned, industrial truck, baler, mech mat handling, struck by, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309303477 Hospitalized injury Other Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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