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Foreman killed after a forklift falls from a loading dock.

New Jersey 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 94NJ152, 1995 Jun; :1-4
On December 14, 1994, a 58 year-old male textile plant foreman was killed when his forklift truck was struck by a second forklift falling off a loading dock. The incident occurred as the victim and a co-worker were transferring pipes from a forklift located at ground level to a second forklift on the edge of the loading dock. The workers had completed loading the second forklift and were raising the load when the lift's front wheels slipped off the edge of the dock. The forklift fell off the dock, striking the first forklift at ground level and turning it over. The victim, who was operating the first lift, was crushed under the roll cage as it turned over. NJDOH FACE investigators recommend the following safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents in the future: 1. Employers should ensure that employees are properly trained and equipped in the proper method of moving materials. 2. Employers should develop and implement a written training and certification program for operating forklift trucks. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Employers and employees should develop and implement a comprehensive safety program. 5. Forklift operators should be instructed to wear safety belts.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Hazards; Safety-belts
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ152; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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