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During unloading operations by a forklift at a delivery site, the forklift
overturns and falls on the victim
[Description of the Accident]
During operations using a forklift to move a load of goods, the forklift
crashed into the gatepost, throwing the operator to the ground. The operator
was killed when he was caught between the forklift and the ground.
The victim loaded 40 containers of pulp on a truck at a pulp manufacturing company at around 1:00 AM of the day of the accident, and arrived at the delivery site of a paper manufacturing company at 9:00 AM on the same day.
Upon his arrival, the victim was told by the person in charge of materials
at the paper manufacturing company where to unload the goods and instructed
to use the forklift in carrying out the unloading work.
At around 10:40 AM, the victim pulled down the side gate of the loading
platform on the truck and started the unloading work by using the forklift
designated by the paper manufacturing company.
At around 11:25 AM, the victim tried to use the clamp of the forklift in
order to take hold of the containers of pulp remaining on the front portion
of truck's loading platform. He moved the forklift at right angles to the
truck platform and was trying to adjust the height and the width of the
clamp. Suddenly, the forklift started to roll down the road, which had
a three- to ten-degree decline, moved backwards and crashed into the gatepost
of the paper manufacturing company.
The collision knocked the victim who was operating the forklift off of
the machine, and the forklift turned over and caught the victim between
the head guard and the ground.
1. Despite the fact that the forklift was on sloping ground, the victim
failed to apply the parking brake, and raised the clamp to adjust the height
with the load.
2. While the victim should have used the inching brake pedal to stop the
forklift as it started to move backwards on the downward slope, he stepped
on the clutch pedal.
3. The forklift was being operated by a person without proper qualifications.
|[Type of business]
|Mini-sized vehicle freight transport
|[Type of accident]
|Caught in or compressed by equipment
|[Number of victims]