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A 61-year-old salesman dies after falling 10 feet from an operator-up high lift 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 00MA070, 2002 Jun; :1-9
On December 29, 2000, a 61-year-old male salesman was fatally injured in a 10-foot fall from an operator-up high lift truck (order picker) in a warehouse. The victim and a co-worker were working together as one of seven teams performing year-end product inventory. The victim, standing on a platform raised by an order picker, was writing down product type and quantity while the co-worker, standing in the operator's area of the order picker, was counting product. The victim fell with the platform's guardrail system when it became detached from the platform. A call was placed and emergency assistance arrived within minutes and transported the victim to a hospital were he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Perform a hazard analysis before introducing new equipment into the workplace. 2. Provide health and safety training to employees before allowing them to perform unfamiliar warehouse tasks. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive health and safety program that includes, but is not limited to, health and safety requirements for year-end inventory.
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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Health-programs; Safety-programs; Training; Warehousing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00MA070; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division