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Warehouse worker dies after falling 9 feet from a forklift truck platform.

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 96NJ029, 1996 Oct; :1-4
On May 1, 1996, a 36-year-old furniture warehouse worker was killed after falling from a platform mounted on the forks of an order-picker forklift truck. The incident occurred when the victim and a co-worker were moving boxes of furniture onto a newly installed racking system. The workers had loaded the boxes onto the forklift platform and were raising the lift place the boxes on the new racks. The victim was standing on the forklift platform with the boxes and fell off when the lift shook as it was being raised. He fell eight feet eight inches to the floor, striking his head on a section of steel angle iron lying on the cement. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop and implement a written training and certification program for operating forklift trucks. 2. High-reach forklift operators should be instructed to use fall protection at all times. 3. Employers and employees should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities. 4. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NJ029; 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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