A forklift operator died when he was crushed in the mast of a forklift.
NIOSH 2005 Oct; :1-5
A 23-year-old Hispanic forklift operator died when he was crushed in the mast structure of a forklift while unloading cargo on pallets from a truck trailer. The victim was found leaning forward over the forklift's steering wheel with his right leg against the forklift controls and his head in between the beams of the inner and outer masts. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future occurrences employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure employees who operate forklifts do not extend any part of their body outside of the operator's compartment while the forklift is running. 2. Ensure employees who operate forklifts wear their seatbelts while the forklifts are running. In addition, manufacturers of forklifts and/or employers should consider: 3. Installing additional safeguards to protect forklift operators.
Region-9; 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; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Work-operations; Safety-belts; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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