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Order selector dies after jumping 16 feet from an elevated pallet on an overturning forklift in South Carolina, July 24, 1991.

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 91-24, 1991 Nov; :1-6
The case of a 22 year old order selector who died after jumping 16 feet from an elevated pallet on a forklift when the forklift began to overturn was investigated. The employer was a distributor for the food service industry, providing foodstuffs and other related items. A safety program was in place. The victim was one of 15 order selectors who selected items from warehouse shelving to fill orders for shipment. He and a coworker were working the night shift. The victim stood and stocked the order from a pallet placed over the forks of the forklift. The driver of the forklift and the victim entered the first row of shelving to pull items. The victim was wearing a safety belt and lanyard hooked to an anchor point on the mast of the forklift, and was standing on a pallet on the forklift. The coworker then raised the victim 16 feet above floor level. After selecting all the items in that row, the victim told the driver to move to the next area without lowering the platform so as to save time. As the forklift was turning into the next aisle, the forklift began to overturn toward the wall of the warehouse. The victim unhooked his lanyard and jumped from the pallet toward the wall. It is thought that his feet struck an 18 inch steel I- beam running along the inside wall, causing him to turn over and strike his head on the concrete floor. He died 6 hours later of closed head trauma. It was recommended that workers be encouraged to adhere to safety procedures and that they be encouraged to actively participate in workplace safety.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-91-24; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Warehousing; Equipment-operators; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
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