Overhead wire electrocutes forklift operator

by on June 25, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

When operating lift equipment, always remember to check your overhead clearance. Things like overhead power lines are easy to spot, but watch for smaller hazards too such as loose lighting wires. Case in point.

Juan Orozco, 40, was using an industrial sized forklift to lift a steel beam at a construction site. As he raised his forks, the beam contacted a live wire hanging from a light fixture. Sparks flew as Orozco was electrocuted. He went into cardiac arrest and died when paramedics arrived.

OSHA is investigating the incident.

Source: www.stamfordadvocate.com

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