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Forklift driver dies from injuries sustained after being crushed by a forklift California.

NIOSH 1994 Nov; :1-3
A 37-year-old, white, non-Hispanic male forklift driver (the victim) died after being crushed by a forklift when he and a co-worker attempted to raise the forklift to remove some shrink wrap which had become entangled on the stub axle. The two workers used a second forklift to raise the front end of the first forklift in order to remove the shrink wrap. The shrink wrap had prevented the forklift from moving. The victim slid under the raised portion of the lifted forklift to remove the shrink wrap when the tilted forklift fell crushing the victim's face, neck, and chest. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that equipment is used for its design purpose and within the limits of its design capabilities 2. not allow employees to pass, stand, or work under elevated portions of industrial equipment (forklifts) unless they are effectively blocked. 3. have a standard operating procedure for removing objects caught under forklifts and provide employees with training and specific guidelines for the safe removal of these items. In addition, product designers and manufacturers should: 4. consider redesigning the axle/wheel access so that material is less likely to become entangled and/or is easier to remove.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Drivers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94CA011; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute