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Accident: 131601.015 - Employee Is Killed By Overturned Forklift Truck

Accident: 131601.015 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 11/25/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1505885.01512/10/2020Express Carriers Corporation
At 3:33 p.m. on November 25, 2020, Employee #1, a mechanic, was installing a lig ht on a utility from a pallet raised by the forks of a Toyota Forklift Truck Mod el #8FGCU25. The forklift truck became stuck in mud and/or asphalt millings. A c oworker attempted to pull the forklift truck out of mud and/or asphalt millings using tow chains and a Freightliner Semi-Tractor. Tow chains were attached to on e tow hook on the passenger side of the front of a semi-tractor and around the f rame (i.e., vertical bars supporting the overhead guard) of the forklift directl y behind the operator's seat. Employee #1 was in the operator's seat of the fork lift attempting to reverse the forklift while the coworker operated the semi-tra ctor. When the coworker accelerated the semi-tractor in reverse, the forklift ti pped over onto its side pinning Employee #1's head to the ground by the overhead guard of the forklift. Employee #1 was killed by multiple blunt force injuries.
Keywords: blunt force, blunt force trauma, crushed, forklift, installing, overturn, pallet, pinned, powered industrial vehicle, tractor trailer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1505885.015 35 M Fatality Bus, truck and stationary engine mechanics

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