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Document ID (ISN)74506
CIS number 00-533
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Collins J.W., Smith G.S., Baker S.P., Landsittel D.P., Warner M.
Title A case-control study of forklift and other powered industrial vehicle incidents
Bibliographic information Nov. 1999, Vol.36, No.5, p.522-531. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract A study was conducted to examine powered industrial vehicle (PIV) incidents at eight automotive manufacturing plants. 171 incidents where a PIV was involved in a collision were identified. Site visits were conducted to collect data regarding the collision site, the PIVs involved in the incidents, and driver characteristics, which were compared with information from a sample of worksites, PIVs, and PIV drivers who had not been involved in a PIV-related incident in the previous three years. In half of the cases, a pedestrian was struck by a PIV or an object being carried by the PIV. Obstructions that restricted the aisle width increased the odds of a collision incident 1.89 times. Overhead mirrors at intersections and blind corners with limited visibility reduced the odds of a PIV collision incident by a third. When carrying a load, the odds of a PIV being involved in a collision was 1.58 times greater than an unloaded one. Changes in the factory environment, vehicle safety features and driver and pedestrian training are suggested to reduce the risk of PIV incidents.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; motor vehicle industry; industrial trucks
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; frequency rates; case-control study; fork-lift trucks
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry