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Welder dies in fall from fork lift, July 16, 1989.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 89-45, 1989 Dec; :1-6
A 47 year old male welder died as a result of falling approximately 7 feet from a fork lift. The victim had been employed for 5 years as a welder for a welding and machining services company in operation for 21 years. The company employed 45 workers, including 35 welders. A coworker noticed that the fork carriage on the fork lift he was using had become jammed on the mast. He and the victim decided to solve the problem without removing the fork truck from service, which was a violation of company safety rules. The victim, carrying a cutting torch, climbed up the carriage and stood on an angled, 6 inch wide steel support to cut out a section of the wear guard strip as the coworker observed. The victim used a pry bar to move the wear guard strip away from the guide roller. As the strip dislodged from the roller guide, the carriage dropped approximately 1 foot, causing the victim to fall from the angled steel support head first onto a concrete pad. He died 2 days later. It is recommended that employers review, revise and enforce current safety rules and that all employees be made to understand the consequences which can follow when such rules are ignored.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-89-45; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-research; Welding-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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