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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 139027.015 Event: 09/10/2021Employee Is Killed When Struck By Falling Crate From Lift Ga
At 10:58 a.m. on September 10, 2021, an employee helped a coworker (Truck Drive r/Owner) of a box/straight truck from an independent trucking company unload thr ee crates. The crates included one that was 78 inches long by 64 inches wide by 75 inches high and weighed 2,800 pounds. The employee and coworker were working in a parking lot using a 5,500-pound capacity Lift-Rite Titan hand pallet jack t hat the coworker owned and the truck's 3,000-pound capacity Maxon GPTWR-3 lift g ate. The lift gate platform had a width of 80 inches, a depth of 60 inches and was 3 feet high fully extended. The employee was located at ground level at the rear of the box truck when the crate fell off the fully elevated lift gate and l anded on top of the employee. The employee was crushed and asphyxiated, killing him.
Keywords: asphyxiated, chest, crate, crushed, equipment operator, falling object, industrial truck, material handling, pallet jack, parking lot, powered industrial vehicle, raised platform, struck by, truck, truck driver, uns
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1552542.015 Fatality

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