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Accident: 53508.015 - Employee Falls On Railroad Tracks And Is Crushed And Killed

Accident: 53508.015 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 10/05/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
943151.01510/06/2013Sugarcane Harvesting, Inc.
At 6:30 p.m. on October 5, 2013, Employee #1, a spotter, was directing carts of sugar cane being pulled by tractors up a ramp, signaling to the tractor operator s to position the carts in line with the railroad cars on the tracks below. The carts were then tilted, dumping the sugarcane into the rail cars below. The last carts on the elevated ramp had been dumped and towed away. A coworker had obser ved Employee #1 on the platform near the computer shack before descending the ra mp to move the loaded railroad cars away from the loading area. Unknown to the c oworker, Employee #1 had fallen through the single guardrail system, and landed on the railroad tracks below. As the coworker moved the loaded railroad cars, he dragged Employee #1 20 feet along the track, crushing and killing him.
Keywords: crushed, elevated work platform, fall, guardrail, platform, railroad, railroad car, railroad track
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 943151.015 26 M Fatality Agriculture and forestry teachers

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