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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 104395256 - Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 4

Nr: 104395256Report ID: 0352440Open Date: 07/07/1988

Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc.
6200 Annapolis Road
Hyattsville, MD 20784
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5311/Department Stores

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/28/1988
Close Case:09/15/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $520 $0 $0 $0 $0 $520
Current Penalty $520 $0 $0 $0 $0 $520
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 890032 A 08/22/1988 08/25/1988 $520 $520 $0 -
  2. 02001 Other 890032 E C 08/22/1988 08/25/1988 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02002 Other 890032 H A 08/22/1988 08/25/1988 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 02003 Other 890032 M B 08/22/1988 08/25/1988 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 823757Event: 07/04/1988Employee Dies After Fall From Ladder
Employee #1, an experienced stock clerk in the warehouse section of a retail department store, was using a 10 ft aluminum single ladder to access an 8 ft 8 in. high stock shelf. After straightening the cartons on the 3 ft 9 in. wide shelf, the employee began to descend while facing the ladder. When he was at about the third rung from the top, he suddenly toppled over backward and landed on the back of his head and shoulders. He was found lying on the floor with eyes open, but evidently unconscious. Paramedics soon arrived, took his vital signs, and transported him to a nearby hospital, where he died two days later. An autopsy determined head and chest injuries as the cause of death, complicated by spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhaging due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The ladder belonged to an outside contractor who was not present at the time of the accident. Manually-propelled mobile ladder stands were available.
Keywords: head, unconsciousness, shoulder, warehouse, hemorrhage, ladder, cardiovasc disease, fall
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104395256 Fatality Other Stock handlers and baggers

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