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Accident: 947374 - Employee Killed When Head Crushed Between Stacks Of Lumber

Accident: 947374 -- Report ID: 0355119 -- Event Date: 02/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10567869202/12/19912421Ferguson Land & Lumber Company
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on February 12, 1991, Employee #1 was using a material-handling forklift to load a dehumidifier kiln. He was moving stacks of 4-ft-high by 4-ft-wide by 10-ft-long oak lumber that weighed approximately 4,000 lb each. After placing the first of three stacks on the floor of the kiln, he lifted a second load of lumber. When he reached the stack on the kiln floor, the forks and load were approximately 4 ft, 6 in. above the floor. Employee #1 left the forklift with the load elevated, the engine running, and the automatic transmission in gear. He was standing on the floor with his head and right arm between the load on the floor and the elevated load when the forklift moved forward. Employee #1 was pinned against the stack of lumber and killed.
Keywords: head, vehicle in gear, pinned, work rules, caught between, crushed, industrial truck, lumber, unmanned
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105678692 Fatality Other Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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