Lift truck fork strikes kiln track, worker impacts steering assist knob

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Port Angeles, WA
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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A lift truck traveling at 14.8 km/h stopped immediately when the right fork struck a kiln track. The operator’s chest impacted the steering assist knob. As a result, the employee was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with internal bruising to the sternum area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Forklift operators need to know where their forks are at all times.
  • Forks should be carried approximately front axle height or a reasonable minimum distance from the operating surface (Hyster 155FT front axle height is about 16 inches high – this is at or below knee height and should be adjusted to a reasonable minimum distance).
  • Never travel with the mast tilted forward.
  • Make a production plan. A safe and acceptable production pace can be maintained to reduce pressure for crew members. Pre-staging or increasing manpower during fast product runs needs to be addressed before every production run.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sean Murphy, EHS Coordinator, Port Angeles Sean.Murphy@interfor.com


File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-Lift Truck Fork Height-Port Angeles-Dec 12-2018.pdf
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