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Young warehouse worker killed by backing forklift.
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Portland, OR: Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, OR 2006-44-1, 2008 Apr; :1-5
On November 6, 2006, an 18-year-old warehouse receiving clerk was killed after a loaded forklift struck him in a warehouse aisle. The clerk and the forklift operator were working together to prepare newly received merchandise for storage and shipment. After a morning break, the forklift operator drove into the storage area, loaded the last pallet, and began backing down the aisle at a slight angle. Looking over his shoulder, the operator saw the warehouse clerk walking up the aisle toward him. The operator yelled at the clerk, made eye contact, and hit the brakes and tried to steer away. The forklift struck the warehouse clerk and pinned him against a metal shelf. First aid was provided while waiting for emergency responders. The victim died on the way to the hospital.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Work-operations; Machine-operators; Equipment-operators; Warehousing; Age-factors
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park, L606, Portland, OR 97239-3098
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Young Warehouse Worker Killed by Backing Forklift
Public Health Services, Portland, Oregon
Page last reviewed: December 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division