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Maintenance welder dies when his electric cart is struck 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 99CA003, 1999 Nov; :1-4
A 49-year old male maintenance welder (decedent) died when he was run over and crushed by a forklift. The decedent and his co-worker had loaded oxyacetylene and electric arc welding units onto an electric cart. The decedent drove the cart as they proceeded to their destination down a roadway located in the facility's concrete pipe storage area. As they were traveling west they encountered a forklift traveling east on the same roadway. Just before the electric cart and forklift passed each other, the forklift driver turned left into the cart. The decedent and his co-worker were thrown from the cart. The forklift ran over the decedent. The co-worker was thrown clear of the forklift's path and received cuts and bruises. The forklift was being driven with the load held high. The electric cart did not have a high warning flag to increase its visibility. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP): 1. ensure employees drive forklifts with the forks as low to the ground as is safe. 2. equip electric carts and similar small vehicles with high warning flags. Manufacturers and/or employers should: 3. equip electric carts and similar small vehicles with a rollover protective structure and seat belts.
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; Protective-equipment; Equipment-operators; Warning-devices; Warning-signs; Welders; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-belts; Maintenance-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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