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Massachusetts youth killed while operating forklift at seafood processing facility.

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 00MA058, 2001 May; :1-6
On October 20, 2000, a 16-year-old male part-time cleaning helper (the victim) was fatally injured when the forklift he was operating at a seafood processing/retail facility overturned pinning him, and crushing his chest. The victim was operating the forklift to move a wooden pallet loaded with trash. The load was raised approximately 4 1/2 feet when the victim made a right-hand turn causing the forklift to overturn. The victim either jumped or was thrown from the forklift operator's seat. When the forklift overturned, the falling object protective structure (FOPS) of the forklift landed on his chest. A call was placed for emergency assistance as the owner, manager, and a witness assisted the victim. Emergency assistance arrived within minutes and transported the victim to a hospital where he died early the next morning from his injuries. The Massachusetts FACE program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Comply with federal and state child labor laws which prohibit youth less than 18 years old from operating forklifts. 2. Train all forklift operators in safe operating procedures. 3. Provide adequate supervision for young workers, new employees and any inexperienced workers. 4. Develop, implement and enforce a written comprehensive health and safety program In addition, agencies that have contact with small businesses, such as government and insurance agencies should: 5. Increase their efforts to inform businesses about child labor laws.
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; Equipment-operators; Safety-programs; Health-programs; Children; Age-factors; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00MA058; 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