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Massachusetts inventory control clerk dies after falling from a high lift order picker truck.

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 99MA058, 2000 Jun; :1-6
On October 29, 1999, a 49-year-old male inventory control clerk (the victim) was fatally injured when he fell approximately 12 feet from a high lift order picker truck platform while applying barcode labels in a warehouse freezer section. The victim fell as he stepped from the raised order picker truck platform onto a stacked box of product in an attempt to reach the next higher shelf. The victim was wearing a body harness and lanyard but had not secured the lanyard to the order picker truck anchor point. The victim was transported to a local hospital then to a hospital in a neighboring state where he was removed from life support four days later and died. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Adopt a mandatory tie-off/no unhook policy for employees using order picker trucks. 2. Ensure that aisle ways are maintained free from obstructions that would interfere with lift truck access to storage shelves. 3. Strictly enforce the safety precautions outlined in comprehensive safety programs and constantly review and update the programs and training. In addition, high lift order picker truck manufacturers should: 4. Consider equipping them with devices that will activate audible and visible alarms if the operator unhooks fall protection while the lift is raised.
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; Machine-guarding; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99MA058; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division