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Accident: 200626646 - Employee Is Injured When Forklift Tips Over, Pronounced Dead

Accident: 200626646 -- Report ID: 0454713 -- Event Date: 09/13/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31675309409/14/20121521Nathaniel Wright Dba Done Wright Contracting
On September 13, 3012, Employee #1 was working from a personnel platform elevated on the fork of a Caterpillar RT80 telescoping boom rough terrain forklift. After performing the job task in the personnel platform the employee requested to be elevated up as high as the lift could go. A coworker was operating the forklift, and complied with the employee's request, elevating him up approximately 40 ft. After holding the elevated platform in place for a few seconds, the coworker operating the forklift began bringing Employee #1 down by retracting the boom. While retracting the boom of the forklift the front right side tire came up off the ground and it began to tip over sideways. The coworker attempted to level the forklift using the carriage-leveling toggle but failed to gain control of the lift. The forklift continued slowly tilting and then fell over. Employee #1 stayed on the platform holding on to the rail on the back of the personnel platform. After the forklift turned over the employee was found lying face down on the ground approximately 29 ft north east of where the extended personnel platform came to rest still on the forks of the forklift. Another coworker called Emergency Medical Service and performed first aid on the employee until the rescue services team arrived. Employee #1 was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the emergency room physician.
Keywords: platform, boom, industrial truck, tilt-frame hoist, elevated work plat, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316753094 Fatality Other Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:35
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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