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NIOSH alert: preventing injuries and deaths of workers who operate or work near forklifts (Superseded by 2001-109).

Authors
Braddee-R; Collins-J
Source
NIOSH 1999 Dec; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20000211
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests assistance in preventing injuries and deaths of workers who operate or work near forklifts. Most fatalities occur when a worker is crushed by a forklift that has overturned or fallen from a loading dock. NIOSH investigations of forklift-related deaths indicate that many workers and employers (1) may not be aware of the risks of operating or working near forklifts and (2) are not following the procedures set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, consensus standards, or equipment manufacturer's guidelines. This Alert describes seven incidents resulting in the deaths of seven workers who were either operating or working near forklifts. In each incident, the deaths could have been prevented by using proper safety procedures and equipment and by following the provisions of the OSHA standards. NIOSH requests that editors of trade journals, safety and health officials, industry associations, unions, and employers in all industries bring the recommendations in this Alert to the attention of all workers who are at risk.
Keywords
Injury-prevention; Equipment-operators; Machine-operation; Forklifts; Mortality; Materials-handling-equipment; Manual-controls; Motor-vehicles; Safety-belts; Warehousing; Storage-facilities; Traumatic-injuries; Loading-docks; Safety-education; Drivers; Overloading; Equipment-reliability; Accident-statistics; Standards; Training
Publication Date
19991201
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-103296
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2000-112
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
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