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A laborer for a framing subcontractor in Texas died when he fell from a wooden trash box being lifted by a forklift.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 98TX310, 1999 Mar; :1-5
On June 6, 1998, a 21 year-old laborer (the victim) died when he fell from a wooden trash box being lifted by a rough terrain forklift. The victim was attempting to install the last piece of sheeting on the second floor of a house. Another worker went to get a forklift and a trash box for him to stand in while nailing up the sheeting. Once the trash box had been raised to the level of the missing sheeting, the victim stepped out from the second floor of the house and into the trash box. He then told the driver to reposition the forklift. As the driver repositioned the forklift, the box began to wobble, causing the victim to fall out of the box. The victim landed on the ground and the trash box fell striking him in the head. Local emergency medical services were notified at 5:38pm. Upon their arrival the victim was not responsive and had no vital signs. The coroner responded to the site and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Secure the rough terrain forklift to prevent unauthorized use. 2. Ensure that rough terrain forklifts used for lifting personnel, when no other practical means are available, are equipped with stable lifting platforms and fall protection devices. 3. Ensure that job safety analysis (JSA) are completed and that supervisors use them as guidelines for completing tasks and for training workers.
Region-6; 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; Equipment-operators; Training; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX310; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division