Rack Under-Ride Accidents

March 12, 2009

stand up forklift

stand up forklift

There have been fatalities when standup type fork trucks crush the operator under a rack cross bar.
Guarding made by the lift truck manufacturer may be available to prevent this hazard.
Lower all shelves so that if rear of PIT strikes rack, the rack will not enter the cab
Use trucks that have an extended backrest or other raised area on top of the cab
Lower the 2nd level rack so that truck’s overhead guard will strike the rack
Purchase/retrofit PIT’s with corner posts or other guards to prevent under-ride. Posts may be available from lift truck supplier.


3 Responses to “Rack Under-Ride Accidents”

  1. julie said

    Shulquist: How do I find out more about these accidents if I want to use this equipment? Can you e-mail me?

  2. shulquist said

    Here is an example of an accident.

    On 10/4/2006, at approximately 9:45 a.m. a forklift operator was found pinned between a Raymond Reach Fork Truck and a cross beam of a rack shelving system by the supervisor. The Fork Truck is designed so the operator stands up to operate the equipment. The design of the forklift is such that there is no barrier or cab designed in the upper portion of the vehicle to ensure operator protection. There were no signs or warning labels found on the operator station informing the operator of a backup hazard. Actual distance and speed could not be determined at the time of the investigation. What was determined however, is that the employee was performing an assigned job task of order picking. It was determined by wheel marks found in floor dust, the employee was backing the truck when it came into contact with the shelving unit behind her. The cross beam caught the employee above the waist causing her to bend forward pinning her onto the truck. The victim had been an employee of the company for approximately 8 years but had only been working with this model forklift for approximately 2 months. Documentation shows the individual had received 40 hours of training on the equipment. Lighting was adequate in the area and was not considered a factor in this accident. No other employees were in the area of the accident at that time nor was other equipment involved.

  3. julie said

    shulquist: how can I learn more? have there been others?

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