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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 136424.015 Event: 06/20/2021Forklift Operator Dies After Driving Into Elevated Pallet
At 9:41 a.m. on June 20, 2021, an employee was working as a heavy equipment oper ator for a nationwide big box retailer. He was working in a distribution center. He was operating a stand-up type powered industrial truck. The truck was a reac h-type forklift. He was trailing a loaded pallet of meat into the warehouse area . He drove his forklift directly into an elevated and loaded pallet, which was l ocated on a second forklift, as the operator of the second forklift was preparin g to place that pallet onto a storage rack. The loaded pallet had been elevated to a height that was approximately that of the employee's torso. The employee wa s transported to a local hospital and then sent to a metropolitan hospital, wher e he died later that same day. The medical examiner assigned his cause of death to be blunt impact trauma, mainly involving the torso.
Keywords: blunt force, blunt force trauma, chest, equipment operator, forklift, ind trk operator, pallet, stand-up operator, struck against, torso, warehouse
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1537305.015 Fatality Equipment Operator: Heavy

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