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Accident: 200610343 - Employee'S Leg Impaled On Forks In Lift Truck Collision

Accident: 200610343 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 12/23/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30253363301/22/19995399Sam'S Club 6386
Employee #1, age 18, was operating a Crown pallet rider forklift while a coworker was operating a standup forklift nearby at a Sam's Club store in Concord, NH. Employee #1 was headed toward the coworker at a 45 degree angle, just as the coworker was backing away from depositing a load. The coworker's vehicle had its forks pointed toward Employee #1 as the coworker began to move it forward. Employee #1 raised his foot off the accelerator to activate his brakes, but the brakes failed and he could not stop. A fork of the coworker's standup forklift impaled Employee #1's right lower leg, resulting in a 2 in. to 3 in. deep puncture wound just below his knee.
Keywords: ind trk operator, brake, impaled, equipment failure, collision, industrial truck, mech mat handling, walk-behind forklift, leg, puncture
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302533633 Hospitalized injury Puncture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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