Warehouse Worker Crushed by Forks of Laser Guided Vehicle

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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  Washington State, Department of Labor & Industries-Olympia WA

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Hoisting and Rigging, Material Handling/Storage

The Washington Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program has published a new Fatality Narrative. This new narrative describes an incident where a warehouse worker was killed when he was crushed by the forks of a laser guided forklift. We believe the incident and the unique hazards associated with emerging automation are relevant to most industries. These reports describe work-related fatal incidents and list some requirements and recommendations that might have prevented the incident from occurring. We hope that they are used for formal or informal educational opportunities to help prevent similar incidents.

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