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Laborer killed when forklift falls off loading dock.

Indiana State Department of Health
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 96IN149, 1996 Dec; :1-3
On November 25, 1996, a 41-year-old male laborer (the victim) died from injuries sustained when the forklift he was operating fell off the loading dock pinning him under the roll over protection system (ROPS). The forklift did not have seat restraints. The incident was unwitnessed but evidence suggests the victim was unloading Gaylord recycling boxes off the back of a pickup truck. These boxes were 36" x 30" x 48" in size, weighed between 50 and 150 pounds and were on 48" x 40" wood pallets. The loading dock was 31 feet 6 inches long and 101 inches wide, had large cracks in the surface, and was in need of extensive repair. It was pouring down rain when the victim came out of the storage building for his last load. Evidence indicates that either the victim's forklift was too close to the outer edge of the loading dock which crumbled, or the right front tire got caught in a large crack in the surface causing the forklift to tip over. The victim was pinned underneath the ROPS of the overturned forklift. The Indiana FACE investigator concluded that to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. Ensure passageways are kept clean and in good repair where mechanical equipment is used. 2. Ensure employees receive the proper lift truck operator safety training. 3. Ensure employees maintain daily maintenance and safety checks on forklifts.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Acclimatization; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Warehousing; Work-areas; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96IN149; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-508672
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Indiana State Department of Health
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