OSHA investigating tragic St. Louis forklift accident

Officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a fatal workplace accident in St. Louis.  The accident occurred earlier this month at around 12:20 P.M. at the Supervalu Distribution Center.

Accident reports state that 53-year old worker Donald C. Mitchell was operating a forklift at the distribution center when something caused him to be thrown from the machine.  One witness to the accident told police officers that after hearing an uncharacteristic commotion, he looked and saw boxes of Cambell’s Soup falling and then Mitchell being thrown from the forklift.  The witness said that Mitchell’s body ran into a rail and then his back and head hit the floor.

Investigators are waiting to receive documents about the forklift’s maintenance.  Paramedics rushed Mitchell to a nearby hospital but he passed away less than 3 hours after the accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mitchell’s family and friends during this difficult time.