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Accident: 127317.015 - Employee Dies After Being Struck During Unloading Of Pallets

Accident: 127317.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 06/23/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1480628.01506/24/2020478974556 - Dc Power Products Inc

At 9:00 a.m. on June 23, 2020, an employee was working for a firm that provided support activities for transportation. It provided industrial batteries and char gers for industrial trucks. It also engaged in some maintenance activities. The firm was apparently a contractor for a large international manufacturer of tires . The employee was working at a warehouse at the tire manufacturer's site. The o perator of a Lull forklift was removing steel pallets off a trailer on the south side of the warehouse. The trailer held four sea containers. In the containers were several pallets of steel bases and poles. Each pallet held thirty-two steel bases that were 1.2 meters square by 280 millimeters tall (4 feet square by 11 inches tall) and 128 poles that were 1.5 meters (5 feet) long. Each pallet weigh ed approximately 7,500 pounds. The employee and his coworker, a service manager, were spotting the Lull forklift operator and a service engineer while the palle ts were unloaded. Some of the pallet poles came loose from a load of pallets. Th e employee stepped between the load and the back of the trailer to pick up the f allen poles. At the same time, the Lull operator tilted the load. The load shift ed and fell off the forks. When the load of pallets struck the ground, the momen tum thrust the poles toward the employee. He was pinned between the load and the back of the container. The Lull operator got off the Lull. The service engineer got on the Lull and moved the pallets away from the employee. Plant security re sponded and began medical treatment. The employee was placed on a stretcher and taken to the plant's medical department. From there, he was transported via ambu lance to the hospital. He underwent surgery before dying that afternoon. There w ere two inspections associated with this investigation. 1480628 was for the firm that provided support activities for transportation. 1495063 was for the firm t hat manufactured tires. Why 6:14 p.m. was cited was not clear.

Keywords: crushed, emergency response, falling object, forklift, ind trk operator, industrial truck, pallet, palletized cargo, pinned, powered industrial vehicle, struck by, unstable load

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1480628.015 58 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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