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Accident: 95898.015 - Employee Is Injured When Pinned And Crushed Between Two Pall

Accident: 95898.015 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 04/24/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1228553.01504/26/2017Intellifreight, Inc.
At 11:03 a.m. on April 24, 2017, Employee #1 and two fixture installers were located in the rear of a bobtail truck rearranging loaded pallets of fixtures that weighed 1,924 pounds. They moved pallet A to the edge of the bobtail and the coworker moved with his pallet jack to the back of the bobtail behind pallet B to prepare to move it with Employee #1. Employee #1 pulled his pallet jack out of pallet A and inserted it in pallet B. Employee #1 was between both pallets and he now had his back to the load he just moved. Pallet A became unstable and fell over, pinning Employee #1 between Pallet A, the pallet jack, and Pallet B. Employee #1 pulled himself from between the two pallets; however, sustained injury to his right side the included damaged ribs, torso, severed colon, and a punctured right lung. Employee #1 was hospitalized for his injuries. The incident investigation attributed the incident to the use of improper equipment for unloading, lack of employee training, overloading of pallets, and working on an inclined surface.
Keywords: pallet, material handling, hydraulic lift, unstable load, struck by, rib, crushing, caught in, pinned
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1228553.015 59 M Hospitalized injury Puncture Truck drivers, light

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