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Accident: 115441.015 - Employee Incurs Multiple Injuries When Forklift Falls From D

Accident: 115441.015 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 04/11/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1393601.01504/16/2019Opal-Foods Cooperative Inc.
At 7:30 a.m. on April 11, 2019, an employee was working for a firm that produced chicken eggs. He was loading twenty-four pallets of eggs onto a semi-trailer ba cked up to a loading dock. The dock was estimated to be of "standard" height, so me 1.2 to 1.3 meters (48 to 52 inches). The employee was operating a three-wheel electric Yale model number ERP030VTN36TE082 forklift, with serial number G807N0 8669N. It had a capacity of 1,360 kilograms (3,000 pounds). The forklift was equ ipped with an operator restraint system and overhead protection. The employee to ok the paperwork involved to the driver waiting in the truck and told the driver to come in and secure the eggs with load locks. The employee remembered there w as a pallet of empty flats that needed go on the trailer. He went back into the trailer with the forklift and a pallet of egg flats. He was backing out of the t railer when the truck's driver suddenly pulled forward. Neither the truck wheels nor the trailer wheels were chocked. There was no vehicle restraint system inst alled on the dock. There was no method to communicate with the driver other than face-to-face. The forklift began to fall between the trailer and dock. The empl oyee unbuckled his seat belt and jumped from the forklift onto the ground. The f orklift landed upright with the employee's shoe caught under it. Emergency respo nders were called. The fire department responded and used an air bag to lift the forklift off the employee's foot. The foot was uninjured, but the employee suff ered three broken ribs and a separated shoulder as a result of falling to the lo wer level. He was hospitalized for one night.
Keywords: emergency response, fall, falling object, forklift, fracture, ind trk operator, industrial truck, loading dock, overhead protection, pallet, palletized cargo, rib, seat belt, shoulder, trailer truck, truck, truck dri
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1393601.015 59 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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