NIOSH 1997 Jan; :1-4
A 35-year-old truck driver was killed when the forklift he was steering tipped over. The forklift had become stuck in the dirt and a coworker was attempting to pull it out with a truck. The chain was attached to the cage of the forklift instead of the pintle hook. When the coworker pulled the truck forward, the forklift tipped over, crushing the victim's head under the roll bar. The victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers must ensure that all forklift trucks are equipped with seat belts and enforce their use. 2. Employers and employees must ensure forklifts are only operated on surfaces for which they are intended. 3. Employers should develop\review safe towing procedures for forklifts to include proper attach points for towing. 4. Manufacturers of forklifts should consider a redesign that would incorporate a "pull-down bar" which would secure the operator in the event of an overturn.
Region-7; 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; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Truck-drivers; Safety-belts
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor