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Accident: 996736 - Employee Killed In Fall From Railroad Tank Car

Accident: 996736 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 08/03/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10399101408/04/19883743Union Tank Car Company
At approximately 11:15 p.m. on August 3, 1988, Employee #1 was completing a weld on the sill section, which was part of the coupler assembly, of railroad tank car #AE6560-26. The car was positioned in a north/south longitude direction in area #364 at the northwest end of the building. Several witnesses said that Employee #1 was standing on the upper sill section while stepping across the bolster section, which is located between the sills. The sill section measures approximately 12 in. wide by 7 ft long by 3/8 in. thick with an approximately 3 in. high lip on the open side. Employee #1 lost his footing or balance and fell approximately 9 ft backward, striking his head against the smooth concrete floor. Employee #1 was treated and taken to St. Catherine's Hospital, East Chicago, IN, with a fractured skull and hemorrhaging of the brain. He was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m. on August 4, 1988. The cause of death was cerebellar tonsillar herniation. The probable cause of the accident was a fall from an elevated work surface.
Keywords: fracture, head, hemorrhage, railroad tank car, struck against, skull, fall, lost balance, concrete
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103991014 Fatality Concussion Welders and cutters

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