A San Francisco building supply company has been ordered to pay a $62,000 fine for several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in a forklift accident last November.
In an area called the Dogpatch neighborhood, the accident occurred on Nov. 21 at Good View Roofing & Building Supply Co that killed Ruan Qiang, a resident of South San Francisco. Qiang was moving a load of building supplies from the company’s warehouse to a customer’s car using a forklift, a 5-ton vehicle the company often uses for heavy lifting.
According to Cal-OSHA, a bag of mortar mix fell from the load and landed in front of the right front wheel as the forklift drove down a ramp. Qiang then put the forklift in reverse to move away from the bag, turning the steering wheel as he backed up. The back wheel bumped off the ramp, which resulted in the forklift tipping over. Qiang attempted to jump out of the forklift cab before it fell, but was crushed. Qiang died of his injuries.
Cal-OSHA fined Good View Roofing & Building Supply $62,000 citing six different safety violations, such as not ensuring the seatbelt in the forklift was being used, not properly training and certifying workers on safe operation of the forklift, and failure to install a curb of at least 8 inches along the open edges of industrial ramps.
“This incident could have been prevented had the employer effectively evaluated the workplace for hazards, which would have identified the unguarded edge of the ramp that exposed the forklift to tipping,” Juliann Sum, Cal-OSHA chief, advised in a statement.
Sum further advised, “The worker should have been properly trained to stay seated with the seatbelt fastened in the event of a tip over.”
Source: NBC Bay Area