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Accident: 202658381 - Employee Is Struck By Panels, Sustains Lacerations

Accident: 202658381 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 11/11/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31667227812/19/20131711Southern Ca Solar Inc Dba Solar Electrical Systems
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 11, 2013, Employee #1, a warehouse supervisor with Southern Ca Solar Inc. Dba Solar Electrical Systems, was moving a pallet with a forklift and was placing the panels next to 20 solar panels that were already stacked up against the warehouse wall. Employee #1 thought the front solar panel was falling, so he got off the forklift to catch the panel. Then, ten solar panels fell onto him, landing from the chest down. The panels knocked Employee #1 down backwards. The noise of the falling panels brought several coworkers out to the warehouse, and emergency response personnel were called. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital, where he was hospitalized for five days, Then, Employee #1 was transferred to another hospital, where he underwent surgery. Employee #1 sustained blunt trauma to his chest, head and abdomen with lacerations of the head and scalp. Interviews were conducted with Employee #1 and coworkers. The Division determined that the accident was caused by the solar panels not being secured. As a result of the investigation, the Division issued a Serious Accident Related citation for CCR, Title 8, 3241(c).
Keywords: chest, head, scalp, warehouse, unsecured panel, crushed, industrial truck, laceration, pallet, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316672278 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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