Inspection: 305105371 - The Zoological Society Of Pittsburgh

Inspection Information - Office: Pittsburgh
Nr: 305105371Report ID:0317500Open Date: 11/19/2002
The Zoological Society Of Pittsburgh
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Union Status: Union
SIC: 8422/Arboreta and Botanical or Zoological Gardens
Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:PartialAdvanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:HealthClose Conference:12/16/2002
Close Case:12/16/2002
Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361946262    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14326433Event: 11/18/2002Employee Killed When Crushed By Zoo Elephant
On November 18, 2002, during the course of a normal daily walk for a female elephant and her calf, the mother elephant refused to continue along the path of the walk. When Employee #1, the elephant keeper, attempted to prompt her along with an ankus, she turned towards the keeper and had worked him along a hillside. Employee #1 lost his footing on an accumulation of slippery leaves. The elephant at that point started to drive Employee #1 into the ground with her head and speared him with her tusk. She continued to attack Employee #1 by kicking him and driving him into the ground with her head. Other keepers were alerted and diverted the elephant away onto paths secured by zoo vehicles. Both elephants were lead back to their barns by vegetation and produce being thrown from the back of zoo vehicles. Employee #1 died of crushing injuries to the chest.
Keywords: crushed, animal handler, contusion, chest, elephant
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305105371 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported