Forklift driver dies after airport accident

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- 7 Sep 2023 ( #1144 ) - Boston, MA, United States
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The victim was an employee of a JetBlue sub-contractor
The victim was an employee of a JetBlue sub-contractor

A 51-year-old forklift operator has died in an industrial accident at the Boston Logan International Airport.

Massachusetts State Police say the victim, an employee of a JetBlue sub-contractor, was operating a Komatsu forklift in an outdoor loading area behind Gate C26 on 30 August. 

The victim was the only person on the forklift. 

Preliminary investigations indicate the victim attempted to drive the forklift through a lower bag service entrance with vertical clearance of 8 ft. 6 in. (2.6 m).

The forklift’s extended backrest was too high to clear the lateral beam over the service entrance, causing the forklift to tip over and come to rest on top of the victim, who had been ejected to the pavement.

A JetBlue employee who heard the crash and several other co-workers rushed to the victim’s aid and used an aircraft tow bar to lift the forklift high enough to pull the victim out from underneath. 

Moments later police trooper arrived on scene and began performing attempted life-saving measures.

He was taken to the Boston Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up for the family of the victim, named by Masslive.com as United States army veteran Raul Santiago.

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