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Inspection: 1586015 - Beker Industries Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Boise

Nr: 1586015Report ID: 1032500Open Date: 08/08/1984

Beker Industries Corporation
One Mile North Of
Conda, ID 83230
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2874/Phosphatic Fertilizers
Mailing: Po Box 37, Conda, ID 83230

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/23/1984
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:08/23/1984

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360556732    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14550578Event: 09/07/1984Crushed Between Couplers On Railroad Tank Cars
ON AUGUST 7, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 6:30 PM, EMPLOYEE #1, A BRAKEMAN, WAS SWITCHING RAIL CARS FOR WEIGHING. WHILE THE ELEVEN CAR TRAIN, WITH ENGINE, WAS IN MOTION EMPLOYEE #1 STEPPED BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD CARS, SEPARATED THE COUPLERS AND TURNED OFF THE AIR BRAKE COCK ON THE THIRD CAR. HE THEN TOLD THE ENGINER TO SPEED UP. AS THE ENGINE THROUGH SECOND CAR ACCELERATED, THE AIR HOSE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD CARS WAS PULLED APART. BRAKE AIR PRESSURE THEN ESCAPED FROM THE BRAKE SYSTEMS OF THE ENGINE AND CARS 1 AND 2, ACTIVATING THE EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM. AS THE ENGINE AND FIRST TWO CARS SLOWED DOWN, THE BRAKEMAN SAW HIS MISTAKE AND STEPPED BETWEEN CARS 2 AND 3 AGAIN TO RECTIFY THE PROBLEM. CARS 3 THROUGH 11, NOW ROLLING FASTER THAN THE ENGINE AND CARS 1 AND 2, STRUCK EMPLOYEE #1 AND CRUSHED HIM AGAINST THE STOPPED ENGINE AND CARS 1 AND 2.
Keywords: brake, railroad tank car, brakeman, crushed, air hose, railroad
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1586015 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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