OSHA Fact Sheets - Fatality Investigations

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Published Date: 11/17/2014


George; Ports

By George Ports


The North Carolina Department of Labor has a series of publications titled “Fatality Investigation Fact Sheets.” These publications explain the workplace fatality investigation process including what investigators will focus on and what occurs during such an investigation.


One of the specific examples given is an investigation conducted of a fatality caused by forklift. Investigators will review several factors to determine whether:


  • Aisles were designated as travel paths for forklifts.
  • Vehicles were operated at a safe speed.
  • Only authorized personnel operated and maintained forklifts.
  • Employees avoided standing under raised forks.
  • Dock board and trailer were secured while loading and unloading.
  • Operators were trained in safe vehicle operation.
  • Vehicles were parked with the forks lowered and brakes set.
  • Carbon monoxide produced by forklifts was monitored.
  • Operators wore seat belts while operating a forklift.


For additional information regarding these and other publications, go to http://www.nclabor.com/pubs.htm.