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Forklift operator killed when his forklift is overturned by a backing truck.

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 03NJ020, 2004 Apr; :1-7
On April 9, 2003, a 19-year-old forklift operator was killed when a dump truck backed into, and overturned, his forklift. The incident occurred at a steel mill in the yard outside the melt shop where hot slag is collected from the furnace. The victim, a full-time plant employee who was also a part-time college student, was using a forklift to transport a large bag of bulk material into the plant. He was driving across an unmarked dirt roadway where a large dump truck was waiting to collect a load of slag. As the victim drove behind the truck, the driver backed his truck, unaware that the forklift was behind him. The truck struck and overturned the forklift, and the victim was crushed under the body of the forklift. To prevent future incidents, NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines: 1. Employers should ensure that employees are properly trained and supervised to operate industrial trucks. 2. Employers should have clearly outlined traffic lanes for vehicles and industrial trucks. 3. Operators should always wear a seat belt while using a forklift or other industrial truck. 4. Employers should consider installing devices to increase the truck driver's range of vision.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NJ020; 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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