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Maintenance manager dies after falling 7 feet from an elevated forklift safety platform - North Carolina.

Braddee RW; Casini VJ; Pettit TA; Hodous TK
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 98-01, 1997 Oct; :1-6
On September 24, 1997, a 61-year-old male maintenance manager (the victim) died after falling 7 feet from a safety platform that had been elevated by a forklift. The victim had been raised in a steel-framed cage-type safety platform that had not been secured to the forklift. The victim removed a fluorescent light bulb from its fixture and stepped to one side of the safety platform. When the victim shifted his weight from the center of the platform to the outer edge, the safety platform toppled off the forks of the forklift. The victim, along with the safety platform, fell about 7 feet to a concrete floor where the victim struck his head and was also struck by the steel safety platform. The forklift operator called 911 and the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrived about 7 minutes later. The EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents, employers should: Implement 29 CFR 190.178 (m) (12) (i), which requires the use of a safety platform firmly secured to the lifting carriage and/or forks when lifting personnel with a powered industrial truck (e.g., forklift). Ensure that personnel assigned to operate forklifts are thoroughly trained. Ensure that workers continually adhere to the safe work procedures that have been established by the employer. Routinely conduct scheduled and unscheduled worksite safety inspections.
Forklift-safety; Industrial-safety; Accident-prevention; Region-4; Falls-deaths; Head-injury
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