Asphalt company supervisor forklift roll in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1992 Dec; :1-4
A 36 year old male supervisor for a paving contractor died from preventable injuries incurred while riding on a forklift being driven by his 11 year old son, which tipped over on a sloped asphalt parking area, trapping the victim under the roll bar and crushing his chest. The driver of the forklift and a customer of the paving contractor alerted employees of a nearby business, who called for emergency medical services. Law enforcement officers intercepting the call were first responders and found the victim face down, breathing but unconscious, with his nose and mouth in contact with a puddle of hydraulic fluid leaking from the forklift. A second forklift had been brought in to lift the roll bar from the victim. While awaiting the ambulance, first responders found that his pulse was weakening and that breathing was becoming shallow. They turned the victim onto his back and his breathing improved as his color returned from deep blue to normal. On ambulance arrival, personnel administered CPR, and transported he victim to the local hospital approximately 22 minutes after the incident. The victim was placed in emergency surgery under full cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead while in surgery, 25 minutes after entering the emergency room. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Periodic review of forklift safety, including reminders of the hazards of driving on uneven ground. 2. Establishment and enforcement of policy regarding the use of company equipment for non-business purposes. 3. Strict prohibition of unauthorized or untrained personnel operating company owned equipment.
Region-8; 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; Supervisory-personnel; Equipment-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health