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Hispanic forklift operator dies after being caught between mast and cage of forklift - North Carolina.

Authors
Casini-V
Source
NIOSH 2004 May; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20025626
Abstract
On July 13, 2002, a 54-year-old Hispanic forklift operator (the victim) died after being caught between the mast and the protective operator's cage of a sit-down type forklift. The victim had been assigned the task of transporting pallets of yarn from the production floor of a textile plant to the plant's warehouse. The victim had been performing the task since the beginning of the third shift which began at midnight. At approximately 5:40 a.m., the shift foreman and another plant worker were walking through the warehouse when they noticed the victim in a standing position caught between the mast and the protective operator's cage of the forklift, with his left foot on the mast control and his right foot on the operator's seat. They ran to assist the victim and found him non-responsive with no vital signs. The shift foreman summoned more coworkers to help, then called 911. When fire and police personnel responded, they cut the hydraulic lines on the forklift. As the hydraulic lines bled off, the mast lowered and they were able to extricate the victim from the machine. Emergency medical service personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar incidents, employers should: 1. instruct forklift operators to ground the forks, turn the forklift off, set the parking brake, and neutralize the controls prior to dismounting the machine; and, 2. instruct forklift operators to never stand inside the cage of the forklift while it is in operation.
Keywords
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment
Publication Date
20040528
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2005-101043
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-2002-09
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-31
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NC; WV
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