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Youth killed while operating a forklift at a plumbing supply company.

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 03MA034, 2005 Jul; :1-7
On July 1, 2003, a 16-year-old male stock clerk (the victim) was fatally injured when the sit-down forklift he was operating overturned. The victim, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was operating the forklift with the tines raised on an outdoor ramp next to the building's loading dock. The forklift started to tip and he attempted to either jump away from the forklift or was thrown from the operator's seat when the forklift overturned. The forklift's falling object protective structure (FOPS) landed on the victim's chest and abdomen area. A coworker found the victim and yelled for help. Other coworkers ran to assist the victim and they were able to lift the forklift enough to free the victim. Coworkers then began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were notified. EMS responded to the incident site within minutes and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Provide adequate supervision for young workers, new employees and inexperienced workers. 2. Establish work policies and procedures that comply with federal and state child labor laws prohibiting youth less than 18 years of age from performing hazardous work, including operating forklifts. 3. Ensure that forklift keys are kept in a locked location and only accessible by trained and authorized employees. 4. Develop, implement and enforce a written comprehensive safety program that includes training in safe operation of forklifts. In addition, employers, distributors, and manufacturers should: 5. Place warning stickers on forklifts that state that forklifts are not to be operated by workers under 18 years of age.
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; Safety-programs; Training; Age-factors; Age-groups; Children; Protective-measures; Warning-signs; Plumbing; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03MA034; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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