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Accident: 14369938 - Employee Killed When Skull Is Crushed By Falling Forklift

Accident: 14369938 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 07/17/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10297923407/17/19927699Machine Tool Sales

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on July 17, 1991, Employee #1 was preparing to unload a walk-behind powered industrial forklift from a Budget Rent-A-Truck. The truck was equipped with an electrically powered hydraulic tailgate to raise and lower loads from the truck bed. The forklift and its battery weighed 5,600 lb. The capacity of the tailgate was 2,500 lb. As the employee moved the forklift onto it, the tailgate tilted down. The forklift began to roll off the tailgate and the employee tried to push it back on, but it rolled off and fell onto the employee, crushing his skull and killing him.

Keywords: work rules, overloaded, crushed, skull, off loading, struck by, walk-behind forklift, falling object

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102979234 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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