A Utah worker dies in Clearfield after being crushed by a forklift
The man could not immediately be identified by the police.
A 38-year-old man died on Monday after being crushed by a forklift truck while working in a Clearfield cold storage facility, police said.
The Clearfield Dispatch Center received an 911 call around 12:30 p.m. Monday reporting that an Americold Logistics employee was pinched by a forklift and is bleeding, a news release said. The warehouse is located at 755 E. 1700 South in Clearfield.
When responders from the North Davis Fire District and Clearfield Police officers arrived at the scene, they found the worker trapped between the forklift and some freezer shelves, police said.
They were able to extricate the man and first responders provided medical assistance at the scene, but he suffered “significant trauma” to his lower extremities, the press release said.
The man was taken to a hospital, but died shortly thereafter. He was from Sunset, police said, but officers did not provide him by name Tuesday until family members were notified.
“Initial information indicates that the accident was a tragic one,” the police press release said.
Officials with the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division have been notified of the workplace fatality, police said. A spokesman for the Utah Labor Commission confirmed that the Department of Occupational Safety is investigating whether safety violations may have contributed to the death.
“Clearfield Police extend their sincere condolences to the victim’s family, colleagues and everyone affected by this tragedy,” the police said in a statement.
According to its website, Americold is building temperature-controlled infrastructure for the food supply chain and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. “Americold’s facilities are an integral part of the supply chain that connects food manufacturers, processors, retailers and distributors with consumers,” the website reads.
Attempts to reach Americold for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.