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Female Hispanic farm worker dies after falling from the elevated forks of a forklift - North Carolina.
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 2003-04, 2003 Feb; :1-5
On October 5, 2002, a 37-year-old female Hispanic farm laborer (the victim) died after falling approximately 20 feet from the elevated forks of a forklift to a concrete barn floor. The victim was labeling bins of sweet potatoes that had been stacked five bins high in a curing barn. The victim stood on the forklift forks and was raised to the bottom of the top bin by her husband, the forklift operator. The operator heard his wife scream, then heard her hit the barn floor. He found his wife breathing but unresponsive. He carried the victim to a pickup truck and drove her to a nearby fire station. EMTs at the fire station transported the victim to the local hospital. She was later transported to a regional medical center where she died. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program for all workers which includes training in hazard recognition and the avoidance of unsafe conditions. The comprehensive training plan should identify required specialized training, i.e., training for forklift operators; 2. ensure that forklift operators elevate personnel only with approved lifting cages and safety measures; and, stress the importance of following standard operating procedures.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Safety-practices; Farmers; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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