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Summary Nr: 202556882 Event: 06/27/2013Employee Catches And Crushes Leg And Foot Between Objects
On June 27, 2013, Employee #1, a forklift operator, was operating a Crown 5200 series stand-up powered industrial truck (Model Number RR5220-35, Serial Number 1A253823) and was traveling in a reverse direction. He would look over his shoulder to keep his bearings and maintain his course. As he drove backwards, Employee #1 scrapped past a structural beam on his left side; his left foot, which was outside of the floorboard area of the industrial truck, became caught between the beam and the forklift's frame. The compressive forces of the two objects crushed his foot and caused a left tibia and fibula open fracture and a left ankle fracture. Prior to the collision, he had removed his foot from the brake pedal, but for unknown reasons unknown had it outside of the cab of the industrial truck. The cab has a sensor pad and a brake pedal on the floor and the operator must depress the brake pedal, which is on the left side of the cab, all the way down in order to travel and must also keep the right foot on the sensor pad. The forklift's brake is engaged by lifting the foot off the brake pedal and brings the truck into a rolling stop. Employee #1 had received training to operate the industrial truck, which included both classroom and hands-on training. The employer's training program also included specific instruction on keeping arms and legs inside the vehicle to avoid serious injury should a hand or foot be caught between the truck and a wall or any fixed object. Employee #1 was transported to a medical center, where he underwent surgery on the multiple fractures and was then hospitalized.
Keywords: beam, fracture, caught between, collision, crushed, industrial truck, foot, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315533588 Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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