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Manufacturing traffic supervisor dies when struck by forklift.

Michigan State University
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 08MI010, 2009 Jun; :1-9
On March 3, 2008, a 59-year-old male traffic supervisor, who was wearing a white hard hat, died when he was struck by a Yale clamp truck that was transporting a paper roll that was approximately 59 inches tall and 50 inches wide. The decedent, who was not using the designated pedestrian aisleway, was walking through the forklift travel area of the paper roll storage warehouse on his way to the shipping and receiving offices. The driver, who had entered the roll storage area through the doorway, was traveling in a forward direction (not trailing the load). He intended to place the roll in its appropriate place on 2- by 4-inch pieces of wood. The clamp truck/paper roll struck the decedent. The driver looked to his right on the ground and could see the decedent's body to the right of the truck's right tire. He immediately backed up and called for emergency assistance. Emergency response arrived. The decedent was declared dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1.) The employer should revise its forklift safety rule regarding driving the forklift in the direction that affords the "best visibility" to clarify and require the operator to trail a load when a driver's forward vision is obscured. 2.) Employers should continually stress the importance of adherence to established safe work procedures. 3.) The company should review the locations of the designated pedestrian aisleways to determine if they are appropriately located for pedestrian travel. 4.) The company should consider using a highly visible hard hat color (such as yellow or orange) and when job appropriate, the use of reflective vests for pedestrians.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Drivers; Equipment-design; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Warehousing; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MI010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division