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Forklift Collapse Kills One Worker, Seriously Injures Another

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August 31, 2010

A forklift carrying a car at a New Jersey auto salvage business collapsed, crushing one worker to death and seriously injuring another who tried to help, according to an article on NorthJersey.com.

The accident happened this morning at Beji Dismantling operated by Beji, LLC, an auto parts salvage business at 251 Presidential Boulevard in Paterson, NJ.

Paterson police responded to a 9:25 a.m. call from the shop, finding one worker crushed beneath a Mercury automobile whom they pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency services transported another worker who suffered injuries while trying to rescue his co-worker to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

“The employee crushed was under the vehicle,” Paterson Det. Lt. Ron Humphrey told NorthJersey.com. “The forklift gave way.”

A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.

According to OSHA, powered industrial truck (forklift) accidents cause approximately 100 fatalities and 36,340 serious injuries annually.