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Carpet installer killed in forklift tipover at a Massachusetts warehouse.

Massachusetts 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 98MA033, 1999 Aug; :1-4
On June 25, 1998, a 22 year old male carpet installer died of injuries sustained when the forklift truck he was driving overturned. The victim was making a sharp left turn in the parking lot of the carpet store when the vehicle tipped. The tipping caused the driver to fall from the forklift truck, which then continued to tip over onto the victim. The police and emergency medical services were called immediately by a number of people driving on the state road in front of the store as well as a co-worker. The victim was transported to a nearby city hospital emergency room where he was officially pronounced dead within an hour of the incident. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Assure that forklift operators are trained in the safe operation of their vehicles. 2. Require that operator restraints when available on forklift trucks be used. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in controlling the health and safety hazards of warehouse work.
Region-1; 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; Equipment-operators; Safety-belts; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Warehousing; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MA033; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division