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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 301855359 - Fargo Electronics

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota


Inspection Nr: 301855359
Report ID: 0552700
Date Opened: 12/04/1997

Site Address:
Fargo Electronics
6533 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 12/09/1997

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 06/30/1998

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360240733
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $12,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,500
Current Penalty $7,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,500
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 19100178 L 02/25/1998 06/15/1998 $7,500 $12,500 $0 03/02/1998 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 170564918
Event: 12/03/1997
Employee Dies After Forklift Crash Severs Artery In Leg

At approximately 8:00 p.m. on December 3, 1997, Employee #1 was operating a standup-style powered forklift as he and a coworker cleaned up at the end of the day. Employee #1 was attempting to back the forklift to the charging station when he lost control of the vehicle and then lost his balance, partially falling out of the operator's compartment. The forklift crashed into a wall, crushing Employee #1's upper leg and severing an artery. The coworker called 911 and helped move the forklift away from Employee #1. The rescue squad arrived within 15 minutes and rushed Employee #1 to the hospital, where he died at 9:30 a.m. the next day. Employee #1 was inadequately trained to operate the forklift.

Keywords:severed, ind trk operator, crushed, artery, walk-behind forklift, lost balance, lost control, untrained, backing up, leg

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301855359 Fatality Cut/Laceration Hand packers and packagers
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