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Accident: 135608.015 - Employee Is Killed When Forklift Tips Over

Accident: 135608.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 05/14/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1531003.01505/15/2021Auburndale Recycling Center, Inc.
At approximately 8:43 p.m. on May 14, 2021, an employee was operating the Toyota forklift (Model 8FGCU25, Serial Number 99316) at a tire recycling facility. Th e forklift had a Hippo Hopper 2 yard self-dumping hopper (model HH32, serial no. 53906) attached to the forks, and the employee was using the forklift to convey tire refuse to refuse container. At approximately 8:42 p.m. twilight conditions existed following the sunset at approximately 8:20 p.m. as the employee approac hed the north metering bin while operating the forklift. This metering bin was an open-topped refuse container. The employee raised the mast and hopper to near the upper limit of travel. The employee then drove the forklift and made a coup le of turns and while turning to the left with the hopper elevated, the forklift tipped over onto the right side, and the employee was pinned between the forkli ft and the ground. The employee was killed from the crushing injuries.
Keywords: caught between, crushing, forklift, hopper, overturn, pinned
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1531003.015 21 M Fatality Production helpers

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