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Forklift crushes operator working underneath on starter.

Authors
Oregon Department of Human Services
Source
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 04OR010, 2005 Sep; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20028572
Abstract
On June 4, 2004, a 47-year-old co-owner of a recycling business was run over and killed by a Gradall telescopic boom lift (rough-terrain forklift) while he was working underneath it. He had been operating the Gradall, and had shut it down when he momentarily exited the vehicle. When he returned to the machine, he found it would not restart. The Gradall had a safety interlock that prevented starting from the ignition switch while in gear. The contractor was apparently unaware of this safety feature. He checked the batteries, and then crawled underneath the cab area and reached up into the engine compartment with a screwdriver. The screwdriver made contact between the two terminals on the starter, effectively jump-starting the engine and bypassing the safety mechanism that prevented ignition while in gear. The Gradall started and moved forward. The parking brake was not set. The back left tire rolled over the contractor. Recommendations: 1. Powered industrial forklifts should only be operated by knowledgeable and experienced individuals certified by the employer, with proficiency demonstrated through operator training. 2. Before exiting any powered industrial truck, even briefly, completely shut down power, place controls in neutral and apply parking brake. 3. Do not start equipment by overriding safety features.
Keywords
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Equipment-operators
Publication Date
20050930
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
PB2006-100697
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-04OR010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OR; WV
Performing Organization
Oregon Department of Human Services
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division