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Struck and crushed by a backing forklift while cleaning up an auto salvage yard.
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 84-018, 1984 Sep; :1-4
A laborer was killed by a forklift that was backing up while he was helping ready junk cars for crushing on July 26, 1984. The victim was working in an auto junk yard that was not his regular place of employment and no training had been provided for this job. The victim was throwing scrap metal into junk cars and a forklift which was transporting them to the crusher was working nearby. The victim was found by coworkers lying down with his skull crushed, with cigarettes and matches on the ground nearby. The forklift had an operational backup bell and limited rearward visibility. The victim was of small stature with some hearing loss in one ear. It was concluded that the lack of safety training, the limited rear visibility of the forklift, the possible inability of the victim to hear the backup bell, that fact that the victim may have been standing with his back to the forklift and lighting a cigarette, and that the forklift operator did not adequately observe what was behind him before backing up were all contributory factors to this accident.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-84-018; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Equipment-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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