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Accident: 170246656 - Employee Killed In Fall From Forks Of Forklift

Accident: 170246656 -- Report ID: 1055320 -- Event Date: 05/08/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11151434505/09/19907389Product Drvelopment Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11151432905/14/19907363Madden Temporary Services Inc

At approximately 1:20 p.m. on May 8, 1990, Employee #1, a field supervisor for a telephone directory delivery service, was standing on the forks of a pallet jack that was positioned forks first in a parallel fashion on the forks of a forklift about 5 ft off the ground. The pallet jack was being moved from one trailer to another in order to move pallets of phone books to the end of the trailer for forklift pickup. A pallet jack fork slipped off the forklift fork after the forklift had backed approximately 21 ft from the trailer, causing Employee #1 to fall to a lightly-graveled parking lot and strike his head. The injury, "lacerations and contusions of the brain; fractures of vault and base of skull due to blunt impact to the head," was almost instantly fatal. Neither the driver, who was an employee of a temporary labor service, nor Employee #1 had received training from their employers on the safe operation of a forklift.

Keywords: head, unsecured, work rules, slip, industrial truck, walk-behind forklift, untrained, fracture, struck against, fall

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111514345 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; distrib., sched'g & adjusting clerks
2 111514329 Occupation Not Listed

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