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Stand up Forklift and Reach Truck Under-ride Hazard
Over the last few decades, a number of reach truck and stand up forklift operators have suffered injuries – some fatal – after being struck by horizontal objects intruding into the operator's compartment.

Most of these accidents occurred during rearward collisions with racking. If the operator’s compartment can roll freely under a racking cross – beam, the operator can be crushed between the cross – beam and the front of the reach truck.
Reach Truck Hazard
Backbone® Solution
To protect your operators, equip your reach trucks and standup counterbalance trucks with The Backbone®.
In one instance in Nebraska, an operator backed into a steel link warning chain that closed off an entrance way. The chain had enough slack to ride up and over the back of the reach truck chassis. It pinned the operator against the front of the operator's compartment. Tragically, the operator was asphyxiated.

In the case of one reach truck manufacturer, between 1977 and 2004, the number of serious intrusion incidents averaged 9 per year, spiking to an annual high of 25 incidents in 1997, and reaching a cumulative 249 incidents over the 27 year period. You can see the data here.

You can find additional information here:

Industrial Accident Prevention Association 2008 Reach Truck Safety Alert

Nebraska FACE Investigation 02NE011, Report Date: October 17, 2002 -- Stand up Forklift Operator Asphyxiated by Warning Chain

Iowa FACE Program, Case No. 3IA57, Report Date: Aug. 24, 2004 -- Warehouse Forklift Operator Crushed Against Rack Beam

Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment for the Operators of Stand-up Forklifts,
Ziernicki, Richard M., Ph.D., P.E, and Railsback, Ben T., P.E.,
IMECE2008-66427, Proceedings of IMECE 2008, Copyright 2008 by ASME

Forensic Engineering Assessment of Safety Standards for Stand Up Forklifts,
Ziernicki, Richard M., Ph.D., P.E, and Railsback, Ben T., P.E., June 2008, NAFE 308F/713M
Quick Facts
The Backbone® was tested in accordance with ANSI B56.1.

It was found to meet the requirement to withstand the impact of a fully loaded truck traveling 1.6 km/h (approx. 1 mph).
FACE Program = Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation

NIOSH = National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/
In 2009, there were 2 fatalities in one month in Ontario!

There was a serious incident in the Toronto area in March 2012.

It was not fatal, but rescuers had to free the operator using the “Jaws of Life”.
FACE Program = Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation

NIOSH = National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/
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Technology Under License - Patents US8,950,553, CA2,726,561, D673753(US), D137849(CA), D734,915(US).

The Backbone
Safety Bar for Reach Trucks
                        & Standup Counterbalance Trucks
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