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Accident: 735233 - Employee Killed When Head Struck By Overturned Forklift

Accident: 735233 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/16/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542168907/20/19877389So-Pak-Co.
Employee #1 was cleaning up a section of a warehouse. He placed trash on a pallet, which he then carried to the compactor. After putting the trash in the compactor, Employee #1 turned the forklift around and backed off the loading dock. The forklift overturned and he attempted to jump off. He was struck by the support bar on the overhead guard, which pinned his head between the bar and the pavement, killing him. The employer had a rule that only authorized employees could operate the forklift. However, subsequent investigation revealed that it was not being enforced.
Keywords: head, pinned, work rules, overhead guard, industrial truck, struck by, untrained, inattention, overturn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105421689 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Janitors and cleaners

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