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A forklift shop technician for a dealer who services, sells, and rents material handling equipment, in Texas, died when the carriage of a forklift fell and one of the fork's tines crushed his chest.

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 99TX231, 1999 Oct; :1-4
On May 8, 1999, a 58 year-old male forklift shop technician (the victim) died when the carriage of a forklift he was working on fell and one of the forks struck him in the chest. The victim was repacking the lifting cylinder which raises and lowers the mast. The victim used his own chain to secure the intermediate rail and carriage in a raised position. He removed the lifting cylinder while lying beneath the mast/carriage and the chain broke. The carriage fell and a fork crushed the victim's chest. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop a written program which establishes the standards for the types, testing, inspection, and maintenance of equipment, tools and chains used by employees. 2. Provide training on safety issues including written safety procedures and programs to employees when hired and on a regularly scheduled basis. 3. Review and revise (if necessary) all programs on a consistent and scheduled basis, at least annually, and when new procedures or equipment are introduced into the workplace. 4. Maintain records on all inspections, training, and testing.
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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Maintenance-workers; Training; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99TX231; 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
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division