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Auto salvage worker killed by unsecured car on transporter.

Oregon Department of Human Services
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 03OR018, 2003 Dec; :1-5
On July 25, 2003, a 37-year-old truck driver for an auto-salvage company was killed when a salvage vehicle rolled off the top deck of his truck during loading. The car was lifted into position by a forklift. The victim was assisting in the loading operation, but had turned toward the rear of the truck, apparently to prepare the lower deck for the next car. Once released from the forklift to the top deck of the truck, the unsecured car immediately rolled backward. The victim was struck in the back of the head and knocked down as the front end of the car fell to the main deck on top of him. His injuries were immediately fatal. The local police, fire and medical examiner were called to the scene. The medical examiner determined the incident to be an industrial accident and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. Secure loads to the forklift, and be sure the load is completely secured in the transporter before removing the forklift. 2. A forklift operator must be sure that other workers are clear before releasing a load, particularly if direct line of sight is obscured. 3. Ensure effective communication between loading partners. 4. Employees who demonstrate loss of proficiency should be retrained.
Region-10; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Head-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-research; Work-capability; Work-performance; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03OR018; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oregon Department of Human Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division