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Warehouse worker dies after falling from an order-picker forklift truck.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
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 98NJ053, 1999 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20026676
Abstract
On June 5, 1998, a 26-year-old furniture warehouse worker was fatally injured after falling 18 feet from an order-picker forklift truck. The incident occurred as the victim was moving the raised forklift truck down a narrow aisle between the warehouse racks. No one saw the incident, but apparently the forklift platform (a flat cart designed to be carried on the forks) struck the metal warehouse racks, pulling the platform off the forks. The victim then fell from the cab of the forklift, striking his head on the concrete floor. He was placed on life support and died three days later. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. High-rider forklift operators must always use fall protection. 2. Employers should ensure that forklift operators are properly trained and certified as per the OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.178.
Keywords
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; Work-performance; Work-practices; Workers; Equipment-design; Warehousing; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
Publication Date
19990618
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-100197
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-98NJ053; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-49
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division