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Accident: 607929 - Employee Struck By End Of Railroad Car During Cutting

Accident: 607929 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 03/11/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10120961703/11/19875093The David J. Joseph Company
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS EMPLOYED AS A PIECE-WORK BURNER WHOSE JOB WAS TO CUT SCRAP RAILROAD CARS INTO SMALL PIECES WITH AN OXY-ACETYLENE CUTTING TORCH. HE BEGAN TO CUT THE END OFF AN L & N OPEN TOP HOPPER CAR. HE CUT ALL THE BRACES OFF ONE SIDE AND ALL BUT ONE BRACE ON THE OTHER SIDE. AS HE WAS CUTTING THE BOLTS OFF THE VERTICAL END SUPPORTS THE ENTIRE END BROKE LOOSE AND FELL ON HIM. HE WAS KILLED WHEN HIS HEAD WAS PINNED BETWEEN THE RAIL CAR END AND SOME RAILWAY TRUCKS PARKED NEARBY. THE HOPPER CAR WAS BADLY RUSTED, CAUSING THE ENTIRE END TO BREAK OFF WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE END SUPPORTS. THE COMPANY HAS HAD SAFETY MEETINGS AND HAS CAUTIONED EMPLOYEES TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE WHEN CUTTING RAIL CAR ENDS.
Keywords: head, dismantling, work rules, railroad car, corrosion, struck by, falling object, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101209617 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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