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Accident: 170197636 - Employee Injured In Fall From Pallets As Forklift Descends

Accident: 170197636 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 02/20/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11185214102/22/19915411Jumbo Market
At 10:30 a.m. on February 22, 1991, Employee #1, age 19, was standing atop a stack of 5 or 6 pallets that were on the forks of a forklift that was being operated by the warehouse supervisor. He was trying to gain enough height to change the 15 to 16 ft high lightbulbs in the warehouse. Employee #1 had replaced a light and was squatting as the forks were being lowered. The operator let out the clutch abruptly, and Employee #1 was thrown backward off the pallet stack and onto the concrete floor. The pallets had not been banded together, nor was the bottom pallet attached to the forks. There were no railings, and Employee #1 was not tied off to the forklift mast.
Keywords: guardrail, unsecured, warehouse, work rules, riding on equipment, industrial truck, fall, fall protection, elevated work plat, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111852141 Hospitalized injury Fracture Stock and inventory clerks

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