Forklift operator dies after being crushed between a loading dock and a railroad box car.
NIOSH 1997 Apr; :1-3
A 53-year-old forklift operator driver died of injuries he sustained after he was crushed between a loading dock and a railroad box car. When it was not being used to access rail cars, the dock was stored in a vertical position. The victim was standing underneath the loading dock when the dock released into the lowered position, pinning him between the dock and the boxcar. Two of the victim's coworkers discovered his body approximately 11 hours after the incident occurred. The coworkers placed a 911 call to emergency response personnel who arrived and pronounced the victim dead. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should ensure that employees avoid potentially hazardous work/nonwork locations; 2. employers should ensure that outdated equipment is replaced; and 3. employers should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
Region-5; 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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Safety-programs
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health