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1 Infamous Accidents  Prior accidents and what have we learned  Michelle Brackin, Assistant Executive Director

2 Why?  The tuition paid in terms of pain and suffering by ASC employees should not be wasted.  Institutional memory is lost over time; Let’s not forget

3 Untethered items in vehicle  Accident 2008  Transfer box not tethered  Broke window in vehicle  Accident 2000  Two employees in janitorial van with a floor buffer in the back  Driver stopped short to avoid something in the road  Buffer flew forward and hit the employee in the head

4 What we learned  All items must be tethered or secured to prevent movement  Protect human and equipment  Periodically check for tethers in the vehicle; replace if necessary

5 Insect bites  Accident 2001  Employee stung by bees  Accident 2001 ( next day)  Employee stung by bee  Transported in personal vehicle  Began to have a severe reaction

6 What we learned  If you see something of someone is injured take steps to prevent the next person becoming injured

7 Dough Press  Accident in 2008  Dough press did not hold it position and slammed down  Emergency room visit  Accident in 2001  Dough press did not hold it position and slammed down  Two surgeries for a Student Employee

8 What we learned  Both times the handle would no longer stay in the upright position, unless pushed all the way to the top of the arc.  Happened over time not noticeable  Too much pushing down on the handle  Needs routine preventative maintenance to fix the stationary habit.  In 2009, replaced all pizza dough presses with automatic ones

9 Delivery Truck at Park Center Accident in 2007  Truck delivering to the entrance at Park Center with a ramp  Truck rolled down the ramp into parked cars  Accident in 2001  Truck delivering to the entrance at Park Center with a ramp  Truck rolled down the ramp into parked cars

10 What we learned  Chock tires  Preventative Maintenance on the truck

11 Chemicals  Accident 2001  Chemicals left in the janitorial floor machine at the end of the spring semester  Next time it was used more chemicals we added  It began to smoke and boil  Put it on the elevator

12 What we learned  Clean out chemicals from buckets and machines at the end of each shift  If you have an unknown chemical reaction, especially one that boils and smokes, pull the fire alarm and leave the building  Beware of open chemicals in a confined space

13 Carts across uneven surfaces  Accident 2006  Employee pulled a cart across a mat  Resistance caused the employee to fall  Fracture – 5 1/2 months of lost time  Accident 2007  Employee pulling a cart across a floor grate  Wheel became stuck  Cart fell over onto employee’s head

14 What we learned  Limit uneven floors as a pathway for carts  Limit top heavy transfer boxes

15 Foreign Object in food  Accident 2006  Screw found in food  Broken tooth  Incident 2003  Customer found a condom in veggie dip  Customer very upset  UPD called

16 What we learned  Adulterated food is a felony  Be extremely compassionate with customer’s feelings  Document and preserve food and item

17 Jumping from Vehicles  Accident in 2002  Employee jumped from the back of the Catering van and fell onto hands and knees requiring surgery and permanent partial use.  Accident in 1997  Employee jumped from the back of the large delivery truck into a pile of leaves which was hiding a hole – fractured ankle

18 What we learned  Hang onto the vehicle as you exit  Place one foot on the ground or vehicle all times to maintain stability  No rider in the back of any vehicles without seats and seat belts  No riders in the back of the pick up truck

19 Fryer Grease Burns  Accident 2004  Employee burned forearm; second degree, scarring while cleaning a fryer with a towel, dragged in oil Accident 2003  Employee burned when cleaning fryer Accident 1997  Employee burned upper body with over loaded fryer basket; item fell and splashed

20 What we learned  All employees must wear long, heat- resistant gloves when cleaning the fryer  Do not overload the basket  Do not use bar mops to clean a fryer or as a hot pad

21 CO2 missile  Accident 1998?  CO2 tank fell over at Poolside  Nozzle broke off and shot through wall

22 What we learned  All compress gas tanks ( CO2, propane, and helium) must be tethered in the upper portion of the tank to prevent it from falling over  This includes when it is transported on a cart

23 Cut with a knife  December 12, 2003  Three employees were cut by the same knife  All required stitches

24 Cut with a knife  Investigate immediately to prevent future injury  Notify employees that knives have been sharpened or changed

25 Slip inside cooler  Accident 2004  Employee slipped inside cooler  Fracture  Accident 2008  Employee slipped inside cooler  Fracture

26 Slip inside cooler  Non-slip shoes  Use non-water based chemicals to clean freezers

27 Pizza Delivery  Accident 2000  Carrying multiple pizzas and tub of 10 bottled beverages  Back strain; lost time  Accident 2001  Carrying pizza and could not see uneven sidewalk  Sprained ankle; lost time

28 Pizza Delivery  Limit load to a safe limit  Students believe they are invincible; use your good judgment

29 Allergic reaction  Accident 2002  Student making sandwich  Broke out in hives  Allergic to nuts  Accident 2003  Employee cleaning Dunkin smoothie machine  Broke out in hives  Allergic to mangos

30 Allergies  Be aware that even touching the allergen can cause a reaction  Call medical personnel immediately if the person begins to have any breathing distress

31 Violence  Incident 2007  Customer making threatening gestures  Fingers shaped like gun  “ I will kill them all”  Incident 2004  Customer brought gun into Raquette Pizza  Turned out to be a toy  Accident 2002  Employee in anger punched dumpster  22 days out of work for fractured hand

32 What we learned  Evaluate where violence may occur  If you see something, say something  Let someone else judge consequences  Call UPD

33 Trip over boxes  Accident 2005  Employee placed box to unpack for stocking; began stocking, forgot box was there, fell over it; surgery and missed 45 day work

34 Janitor Falls  Accident 2003  Janitor fell bruised elbow; missed 3 days  Janitor fell back strain, missed 2 days  Accident 2002  Employee fell on wet floor fractured wrist  Slip fell on wet floor; missed 4 days  Accident 1998  Janitor falls on wet floor; back pain

35 Janitor Falls  Special non-slip footwear  Have floors cleaned after everyone has left to avoid walking across wet floors

36 Suspious Injury  Accident 2005  Employee came to manager said they cut finger yesterday; finger looked red, infected and not recent  Accident 2007  Employee asked for help putting on a ace bandage for sore wrist on Tuesday, due to domestic dispute. On Thursday, claim she injured her wrist at work.

37 What we learned  Investigate  Ask when  Timeliness of the reporting  Document suspious statements – statements, pictures, equipment examinations

38 Other ASC Fatality  Long-term warehouse employee  Attempting to put a pallet on a truck with a ride-on forklift  Frustrated and backed-up too fast  Fell off the dock  Crushed by the forklift

39 What we can learn  No one, but those certified to use our walkie forklift, may do so  No ASC employee may use the state’s forklift

40 Personal Illness  Employee claimed excessive heat at work had been working in the garden all day  Medical diagnosis was not a medical cause

41 What we learned  We are responsible for hydration – make sure they drink  We are not responsible for blood sugar levels- not responsible that they eat  We are not responsible for medical bills for personal medical issues that do not arise out of work duties – heart attack, fainting, dizziness, seizures, etc.  Document them

42 Tuition Paid -Lessons Learned  May these stories help to remind us of the lessons learned the hard way, through the pain and suffering of employees and customers.  May we do our best to learn from them and prevent them in the future


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