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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120120266 - City Of Long Beach Public Works

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 120120266Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 12/07/1994

City Of Long Beach Public Works
333 W Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
Union Status: Union
SIC: 9229/Public Order and Safety, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/28/1995
Close Case:02/28/1995

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170891212Event: 11/17/1994Employee Sustains Strangulated Hernia When Lifting Box Cove
Employee #1 and a coworker were pulling the cover off a pull box to inspect street light wiring in Long Beach. Prior to attempting to lift the box cover, Employee #1 had hit it with a rubber mallet to loosen it in case it was stuck. After hitting the cover, Employee #1 used channel locks to pull the cover off. As he lifted, he felt a sharp pain in his back. He was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he was diagnosed as having a strangulated hernia. Employee #1 was trained in the proper lifting of box covers. Causal factors include the cover's sticking and Employee #1's health condition: he has diabetes. The employer had investigated the accident and is contemplating changing/designing a new tool to open the cover, which he thinks will help prevent this type of accident.
Keywords: box lid, stuck, back, manual mat handling
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120120266 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Electricians

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