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Seventeen-year-old warehouse laborer dies after the forklift he was operating tipped over and crushed him - Arizona.

NIOSH 2002 May; :1-7
On July 2, 2001, a 17-year-old male warehouse laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when the sit-down-type forklift he was operating tipped over and crushed him. The victim apparently lost control of the forklift, which had a load on its forks and the mast fully extended, as he was making a right turn, causing the forklift to tip over 90 degrees onto its left side. The unrestrained victim was crushed under the extended boom/mast of the forklift. Fire department personnel responded 7 minutes after receiving a 911 call from company personnel and, together with police officers, pulled the victim clear as company employees used two forklifts to lift the forklift from the victim. The victim was unconscious and bleeding from head injuries. First aid was provided by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and the victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m, approximately 25 minutes after the incident. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. establish work policies that comply with child labor laws prohibiting youths less than 18 years of age from performing hazardous work, including operating power-driven hoisting equipment such as forklifts. Employers should communicate these work policies to all employees; 2. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program for all workers which includes training in hazard recognition and the avoidance of unsafe conditions. The comprehensive training plan should identify required specialized training, i.e., training for forklift operators; 3. identify and label equipment that is not to be operated by young workers less than 18 years and provide keys to only trained and authorized machine users. Additionally, equipment manufacturers should consider placing a warning decal on equipment that indicates it is not to be operated by workers less than 18 years and note this restriction in the operator's manual.
Region-9; Age-factors; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Injury-prevention
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health