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Fall from forklift pallet.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 96NE009, 1999 Jul; :1-5
A 69-year-old part-time truck driver fell approximately 1 1/2 feet from a pallet on a forklift. He had just loaded a 30-gallon drum of chemicals from a flatbed truck to the pallet. The forklift driver then backed away from the truck and lowered the pallet at the same time. When the pallet was approximately 1-1/2 feet from the concrete floor, the victim fell and struck his head on the floor. He died twenty days later in a hospital as a result of injuries sustained. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers and employees must ensure unauthorized personnel do not ride on forklifts. 2. Employers should consider putting everything on a pallet which requires a forklift for handling. 3. Employers should consider implementing a spot inspection program to ensure all employees are complying with safety requirements and develop and enforce consequences for noncompliance. 4. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in all hazard recognition to include safe operation of forklifts.
Region-7; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Truck-drivers; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NE009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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