A 54-year-old Hispanic worker was killed when he was crushed by a forklift.
NIOSH 2004 Jul; :1-4
A 54-year-old Hispanic forklift operator died on January 6, 2004, from crushing head injuries received when he was pinned by a forklift that overturned. He was operating the forklift on uneven terrain at the metal recycling facility where he was employed. The decedent was using a rented forklift to move a metal basket filled with scrap metal weighing approximately 1,500 pounds. He was not wearing a seat belt. As the basket was being unloaded into the pile of scrap metal, the forklift turned over and the victim was crushed beneath the cage of the forklift. Oklahoma Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OKFACE) investigators concluded that to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety and health training program that includes policies and procedures regarding the safe operation and limitations of forklifts. 2. Ensure that all forklift operators are competent to operate a forklift. 3. Ensure that all forklift operators wear a seat belt while operating the forklift. 4. Ensure that all forklift operators have been trained on special operating procedures or hazards that might be associated with the equipment.
Region-6; 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; Protective-measures; Training; Safety-belts; Equipment-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
FACE-04OK001; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Oklahoma State Department of Health