Man killed in St. Louis forklift accident; Heavy machinery common cause of fatal injuries

Man killed in St. Louis forklift accident; Heavy machinery common cause of fatal injuries

Federal investigators are looking into a fatal St. Louis work accident that claimed the life of a forklift operator, St. Louis Today reported.

A St. Louis wrongful death attorney should always be consulted when an employee is killed on the job. The outcome of the investigation by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration will be one factor in determining who may be responsible for the accident.


Those injured or killed on the job may be covered by the state’s workers’ compensation laws. In other cases, particularly when a third-party is at fault, a wrongful death lawsuit may also be warranted.

In this case, the 53-year-old forklift operator was fatally injured at the Supervalu Distribution Center when he was thrown from the forklift and hit his head. A witness said he heard a commotion and was hit by falling boxes of Campbell’s soup. He reported seeing the victim being thrown into a railing, before his head hit the floor. Investigators are also looking at the maintenance records on the forklift.

The victim was reportedly coherent after the accident but was taken to the hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries. A representative said it may have been the first fatal accident at the warehouse in more than 25 years.

OSHA offers the following safety tips when working around lift trucks:

-Watch hands and feet and stay clear of pinch points.

-Keep head inside the overhead guard, which is meant to protect the operator from falling objects.

-Keep hands and feet inside the truck at all times.

-Make sure the lift trucks are properly maintained.

-Receive proper training and understand the function of your lift truck before operation.

If you have been injured in a St. Louis work accident or on business property, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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