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Press operator dies after forklift rams scrap bin - North Carolina, October 19, 1995.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 96-04, 1996 Apr; :1-6
A 39 year old woman employed as a punch press operator at a company manufacturing chassis and cabinet components for personal computers died as a result of being struck and pinned by a large metal scrap bin. The company employed about 725 workers at this site, and had a written safety program. The victim operated a four station punch press, located in line with other presses. At the time of the accident, the victim was working at her station when a forklift rounded the corner of the aisle, traveling in reverse at a high rate of speed. The forklift struck a metal scrap bin, throwing it toward her work area. The bin hit the press, rebounded toward the forklift, was hit again and shoved against the corner of the victim's press, crushing the victim against the press. The victim died as a result of multiple crush injuries. Recommendations are made to ensure that work areas in manufacturing facilities are guarded from vehicle travel ways by installing physical barriers, and that forklifts are operated at safe speeds and in the forward direction when visibility permits.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-96-04; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Machine-operators; Traumatic-injuries; Assembly-line-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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