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SUMMARY : CASE 292-260-01
In a lettuce cooling plant boxes of lettuce are stacked on forklift pallets. A forklift driver moves the stack of boxes to a tilt machine which removes the pallets. In the tilt machine the boxes are turned on their side and the forklift pallets slide free. Then the forklift driver puts his forklift prongs in grooves under the stack, scoops the boxes up and loads them into a truck.
When a tilt machine operator tilted a stack of boxes, two boxes came loose and fell into the grooves under the stack. The operator climbed down to put the boxes back in place. Meanwhile, a forklift driver was driving up to the stack of boxes, ready to scoop them up. The forklift driver drove straight into the tilt machine operator, striking him with a prong behind his left knee. The operator lost a great deal of blood, but alert co-workers gave first aid and quickly called the paramedics.
How could this injury have been prevented?
Publication #: CDHS(COHP)-FI-92-005-22
was extracted from a series of the Nurses Using Rural Sentinal
Events (NURSE) project, conducted by the California Occupational
Health Program of the California Department of Health Services,
in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health. Publication date: December 1992.
The NURSE (Nurses Using Rural Sentinel Events) project is conducted by the California Occupational Health Program of the California Department of Health Services, in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The program's goal is to prevent occupational injuries associated with agriculture. Injuries are reported by hospitals, emergency medical services, clinics, medical examiners, and coroners. Selected cases are followed up by conducting interviews of injured workers, co-workers, employers, and others involved in the incident. An on-site safety investigation is also conducted. These investigations provide detailed information on the worker, the work environment, and the potential risk factors resulting in the injury. Each investigation concludes with specific recommendations designed to prevent injuries, for the use of employers, workers, and others concerned about health and safety in agriculture.
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