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Accident: 101939.015 - Employee Sustains Fractures When Struck By Forklift

Accident: 101939.015 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 01/02/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1286024.01501/04/2018Donsco, Inc.
At 1:00 p.m. on January 2, 2018, an employee was working as a coremaker at an ir on foundry. She worked in the sites main building core room as well as in a sma ll building located behind (to the east of) the main building. To get from one b uilding to the other, workers at the site went outside and walked across a paved outdoor drive that ran between the two buildings. At the time of the incident, the employee exited a personnel door in the main building and started walking ea stward across the drive to get to a personnel door in the small building. The pe rsonnel door on the small building was on the small building's west side. During each production work shift, two sit-down-rider powered industrial trucks (PITs) operated continuously throughout the facility. These forklifts ran to move mate rials between foundry areas. Their range included the drive between the two buil dings. As the employee was walking between the two buildings, a coworker was ope rating a sit-down rider powered industrial truck. He was picking up two empty co ntainers in an outdoor empty container storage area located next to (north of) t he small building behind the main building. The coworker, facing eastward, picke d up the empty containers. He then backed up the PIT, moving first west and then south, in the drive between the two buildings. He did this so that he could get to a pull cord hanging at a corner bump out on the east side of the main buildi ng. This pull cord operated an overhead door a little north of the personnel doo r on the main building's east side. The personnel door was the same door that th e employee had just exited. The coworker planned to open the overhead door in or der to take the empty containers into the main building. The coworkers truck st ruck employee and then ran over her left foot. The employee sustained a fracture d right hip and fractures, lacerations, and other crushing injuries to her left foot. She was hospitalized for two or more days. The PIT operator said that, bef ore he started moving in reverse, he looked rearward in both directions and soun ded the powered industrial truck's horn. He said that, while he was operating in reverse, he looked continuously rearward over his left shoulder. The coworker s aid that he did not see the employee. There were no other witnesses to the incid ent.
Keywords: backing up, foot, fracture, hip, ind trk operator, industrial truck, laceration, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1286024.015 60 F Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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