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Maintenance worker crushed between forklift and truck.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2002 Aug; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20027929
Abstract
A 55-year old forklift operator was killed when he was pinned between the forklift mast and the front of a semi tractor trailer truck. A loaded semi tractor-trailer was sitting on a gravel parking lot. The lot had a slight 4 to 5 degree slope to the rear of the truck, and was covered with 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches of ice. The truck operator was unable to gain enough traction to move, so summoned help. The victim brought a forklift and log chain to the scene. He placed the forklift facing towards the front of the truck, dismounted the forklift, and walked to the truck. As he was attaching the chain to the truckís front bumper, the forklift rolled forwards, pinning him between the forkliftís mast and the truck. He was taken to a local hospital where he died two hours later. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Laborís Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers should ensure that only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck. 2. Employers should ensure that operator training programs contain all mandatory instructional requirements. 3. Employers should ensure that powered industrial truck training includes both truck-related and workplace-related topics, i.e. surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated. 4. Employers should ensure that forklift trucks with known mechanical problems are removed from service until fixed. 5. Employers should ensure that powered industrial trucks are inspected before being placed into service. 6. Employers should ensure that refresher training and evaluation is conducted when warranted. 7. Employers should ensure that recommendations/suggestions made by the established Safety Committee have "persons responsible" assigned, corrective actions taken and the results listed in the monthly meeting minutes.
Keywords
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; Training; Equipment-operators; Truck-drivers
Publication Date
20020827
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-114168
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-01NE006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
SIC Code
NAICS-32
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NE
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor
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