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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 202089231 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Forklift

Accident: 202089231 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 03/31/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31378216103/31/20104225Advanced Composites, Inc.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on March 31, 2010, Employee #1 had been assigned to pull boxes of products for shipping. The back of the forklift collided with a stack of boxes weighing approximately 4,500 lbs, displacing the stack approximately 18 inches. The forklift being operated was a Komatsu Model FG25ST-12, Type LP, and was equipped with a seat belt. The latch plate for the belt was tucked under the seat indicating that it was not used. Boxes were palletized, stored in stacks, three high in most cases, and, three to four deep throughout the warehouse. Employee #1 was found caught between the right side of the forklift and a stack of large palletized boxes. Her injuries included multiple rib fractures and liver lacerations. She was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. and the cause of death was determined to be compression asphyxia.
Keywords: fracture, asphyxiated, crushed, industrial truck, laceration, seat belt, pallet, loading dock
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313782161 Fatality Asphyxia Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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