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Machine operator falls from order picker in Nebraska.

NIOSH 2000 Oct; :1-9
A 30-year-old machine operator, at a furniture store warehouse, was killed when he fell approximately 14 feet from the operating platform of an electrically-powered Crown high-lift rider, commonly referred to as an order picker. When the incident happened, the victim was in the process of going to get a television set (in a box) from a storage shelf 18 1/2 feet from the floor. The order picker he was operating did not have a platform on the forks and the victim was also not tethered off to the order picker. It appears he may have stepped backwards from the operating platform of the order picker, thinking there was a platform on the forks, and fell between the forks to the concrete floor below. When he was discovered on the floor, emergency medical personnel were immediately called and they responded within approximately five minutes. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital The Nebraska Department of Labor Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. employers and employees should ensure appropriate fall protection equipment is worn by all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard. 2. employers and employees should ensure a pallet is installed on the order picker before an order is pulled. 3. employers should develop and implement a training program for all powered industrial trucks used in their facility. 4. employers should consider implementing a spot inspection program to ensure all employees are complying with safety requirements and develop and enforce consequences for noncompliance.
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; Safety-programs; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Equipment-operators; Machine-guarding; Warehousing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00NE008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor