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Shop foreman dies after being crushed by a forklift in California.

Public Health Institute
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 95CA008, 1995 Oct; :1-3
A 37-year-old male shop foreman (the victim) died after being crushed by the forklift he was driving when it turned over. At the time of the incident, the victim was in the process of backing down a slight grade with the forks raised approximately 60 inches off the ground. The forklift was not equipped with a seat belt so when it turned over the victim fell onto the ground and the forklift roll over protective structure (ROPS) landed on his head. The victim had been using the forklift to pick up cardboard which was stacked on a pallet rack. There were no witnesses to the event. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. have seat belts installed on all industrial trucks equipped with ROPS and require that employees wear them whenever operating such equipment. 2. require that the forklift forks only be raised as high as necessary while carrying loads. 3. provide periodic safety training for forklift operators. In addition product designers and manufacturers should consider: 4. designing forklifts with control systems that prohibit or limit certain maneuvers for given types of load.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Safety-belts; Equipment-operators; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95CA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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