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Accident: 42480.015 - Employee Is Struck And Crushed By Cylinders And Is Killed

Accident: 42480.015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 03/13/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
895606.01503/13/2013River Parish Maintenance, Inc.
At 10:00 a.m. on March 13, 2013, Employee #1 was standing on the opposite side o f a flat-bed truck watching a coworker use a forklift to load two heat exchange cylinders, weighing 1,150 pounds each, onto a pallet that was laying on the flat -bed. Once the forklift lowered the cylinders onto the bed, they began rolling toward the opposite edge of the bed where the employee was standing. Employee #1 ran to the truck and put both hands up in an attempt to stop the cylinders. The employee was able to decrease the momentum of the first cylinder, but the secon d cylinder rolled into the first causing both cylinders to bend the employee's h ands back and strike him on the head and legs as they rolled off of the bed of t he truck. He sustained crushing blunt force injuries to his head and torso, fra ctures and separation of vertebrae, rib fractures, fractures of bones in hands, wrists, and legs, killing him.
Keywords: crushed, cylinder, falling object, flatbed truck, fracture, hand, head, leg, material handling, pallet, powered industrial vehicle, rib, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 895606.015 56 M Fatality Production helpers

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