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Accident: 201571072 - Employee Killed When Caught Between Column And Fork Lift

Accident: 201571072 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 08/07/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30367925208/09/20015311K-Mart Corporation

Employee #1 worked as a forklift operator in a retail distribution warehouse and was assigned to work the night shift (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.). The night of the accident, Employee #1 presumably drove the forklift, a Crown Reach Truck, Number CR37 Model: RR3000, Type E Serial Number 1A139613, to go to the bathroom. Employee #1 attempted to stop the vehicle by "plugging" the vehicle, which involved the operator controlling the rate of deceleration of the equipment by using the acceleration/deceleration hand control. However, the vehicle's momentum continued and Employee #1 then put her left foot down on the ground in an attempt to stop the truck. This caused Employee #1's left foot to roll under the vehicle rear bumper and got caught between the bumper and the concrete round column close to the women bathroom. The injury resulted in a fractured left foot with lacerations that resulted in Employee #1's death.

Keywords: fracture, column, caught between, industrial truck, laceration, foot

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303679252 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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