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Material handler dies when she is crushed against a podium by a backing forklift - California.

Public Health Institute
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 07CA008, 2008 May; :1-8
A 35-year-old Hispanic female material handler died when a backing forklift crushed her against a podium that was anchored against a steel beam. The victim had exited a trailer parked at the warehouse dock and walked to the adjacent podium to enter loaded items onto the manifest. A forklift on the dock was moving pallets and was backing up and turning to the left when it crushed the victim against the podium. The forklift operator was not looking where he was backing at the time of the incident. The location of the podiums required the material handlers to have their backs to the activity on the dock. 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 forklift operators constantly look in the direction of travel. 2. Engineer a podium that would have material handlers facing the activity on the dock. In addition: 1. Employer and manufacturers should consider additional warning systems for forklifts. 2. Employers should consider changing the type of forklift being used on docks to those where the operator stands sideways.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07CA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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