OAKLAND -- A 34-year-old worker at an East Oakland plastics company was killed Thursday morning when he was crushed by a forklift that toppled on him, authorities said.
The fatality occurred at 9:43 a.m. at Super Link Plastics Inc., a plastics recycling company at 888 92nd Ave.
The man's name was not released Thursday. No one else was injured.
Patricia Ortiz, a Cal-OSHA spokeswoman, said the incident occurred while one employee was driving a forklift to lift and service a second forklift. Because of the extra weight, the forklift in use fell over and pinned and crushed the victim, an Oakland resident, Ortiz said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The death is being investigated by Oakland police and Cal-OSHA.
A search by Cal-OSHA found two reported incidents at the company in the last five years. An employee sustained a broken ankle while on duty last year. The company was not cited. Also last year, the company received two minor safety citations from Cal-OSHA during a November inspection. The company is appealing those citations, a Cal-OSHA spokesman said.
Ortiz said the agency has issued an order that neither forklift be used while their investigation is ongoing. She said workers and supervisors will be interviewed, and the equipment inspected during the investigation. A finding is expected in two to four months.
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