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Old 05-29-2017, 09:29 AM   #61
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Regardless of what anything is designed for, it does not relieve that design from meeting OSHA protections. Seems to me Aaron should be talking with a competent lawyer.
I would agree. I've been to many warehouses and never seen that design. In the video I don't see a chain to prevent falling out one entire side.

I know we had a man rack that people would work from with a forklift under them. There was a railing or chain around the entire cage. I recall one day the maintenance guy saying he had to weld the chain back before it could be used.

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Old 05-29-2017, 04:49 PM   #62
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Very sorry to hear about your accident. I wish you speedy recovery. I know what happened is awful, but watching the video you posted, I am so glad you didn't hit your head going down.
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The mind boggles at how common this must be.

I put "fall from forklift" into the most popular search engine and got over 4,000,000 hits.
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Thanks. Seems to lack fall safety protection in the design. You proved how dangerous 4' of height is.
According to this link in general 4 feet off the floor/ground is the limit beyond which fall protection is required. (in general there are exceptions in construction etc)At What Height is Fall Protection Required? - Fall Protection Blog
So as others have observed, either the forklift needed a chain around or better yet an anchor where a safety harness can be hooked. Then you add a fall restraint system. (or possibly both)
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Update from OP: Yesterday was 13 weeks since the accident where I broke my hip. I'm still on crutches, unable to walk. I have another surgery on July 27th to remove the screws from the bone. They came out of the bone too far early in my rehab and have been causing increasing pain ever since. After this next surgery, the pain level should go down quickly. I'm hoping to be walking without assistance or significant pain by mid-August. That would be 4.5 months. Hope to be able to go back to my original job by the 6 month mark. In the mean time I am working 30 hours a week helping in the office and get workers comp to cover the other 10 hours per week. Luckily these office hours count towards my probation period and I should be able to join the union in my old position by October. Doctor says one leg is now about a cm longer than the other so I may have a minor limp but it shouldn't prevent me from being able to do the union factory work. The limp will eventually be fixed when I get a hip replacement sometime in he next 10-20 years. It's a slower healing process than I expected but i'm getting better...slowly.
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Glad you are getting better. Sounds like a tough one to get over.
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Thank you for the update. I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering how things were going! Hope your next surgery goes well, . Take care
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Yes Aaron, sounds quite tough. But you are on the mend, so things will be better and better now. Congratulations on hanging tough!

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To the OP<, I broke my right hip socket( acetabulum)in 1988, I have 3 screws in it to this day. The Dr told me i would need a hip replacement in 20 years. To off set that do not play golf(i never did anyway), stay on the slim side. I was 220ish all my adult life till I retired. So 29 years later and now very fat no hip replacement yet. I was in the hospital 56 days. Non weight bearing. I was back to work in 4.5 months light duty. Since I broke it Off duty I was petrified they were going to fire me. The rules in those days were if you became unfit to fight from a non work related issue, and had less than 5 years service you got a 1/3 pension & no medical. More than 5 years (me) and less than 10 1/3 pension and medical for life. More than 10 half pay and medical. I had a 4 year old at home at the time , i was scared I would be selling pencils on the corner so I did everything I could to get back to full duty. Guys who got hurt like me on duty, never went back to work, just complained they loss range of motion and got off with a 3/4 tax free pension. YMMV. I trust with modern medicine, and your fighting spirit you will be good to live like you did before your accident.
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Hope the surgery relieves the pain and wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Aaron, I was thinking about you recently and am glad to see this update. Hope to see another one soon with even better news.

A leg length discrepancy can cause back pain, so just be aware of that, and try to do lots of core strengthening exercises. I hope you have a good physical therapist - or PT staff in your case, as I imagine one person wouldn't be enough.

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Update from OP: Yesterday was 13 weeks since the accident where I broke my hip. I'm still on crutches, unable to walk. I have another surgery on July 27th to remove the screws from the bone. They came out of the bone too far early in my rehab and have been causing increasing pain ever since. After this next surgery, the pain level should go down quickly. I'm hoping to be walking without assistance or significant pain by mid-August. That would be 4.5 months. Hope to be able to go back to my original job by the 6 month mark. In the mean time I am working 30 hours a week helping in the office and get workers comp to cover the other 10 hours per week. Luckily these office hours count towards my probation period and I should be able to join the union in my old position by October. Doctor says one leg is now about a cm longer than the other so I may have a minor limp but it shouldn't prevent me from being able to do the union factory work. The limp will eventually be fixed when I get a hip replacement sometime in he next 10-20 years. It's a slower healing process than I expected but i'm getting better...slowly.
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Aaron, I was thinking about you recently and am glad to see this update. Hope to see another one soon with even better news.

A leg length discrepancy can cause back pain, so just be aware of that, and try to do lots of core strengthening exercises. I hope you have a good physical therapist - or PT staff in your case, as I imagine one person wouldn't be enough.
I'm not seeing a physical therapist until after my next surgery. With the screws grinding against the inside of my leg, the surgeon doesn't feel PT would be very beneficial to me right now. Very shortly after my next surgery, he plans to put me in an "intensive PT program". The way he said it scares me a little. I will have to work at least 6 hours a day, maybe 8, then do "intensive PT" as well. That will be very difficult but I guess it's necessary.
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I had a friend with different length of legs due to an accident and he had his shoes made by a specialist. The shoes had different size soles so when he walked with them on he was equal.
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It's possible a shoe insert will suffice, and be cheaper, and transferable to a new/different pair of shoes. Have one friend for whom this option worked.

Best wishes for your continued recovery. Hopefully you will get a good experienced PT team. Such can make a world of difference, and not just physically, but as kind of a cheer you on squad as well.
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Aaron, good luck with the next surgery. I have a new hip and it work just fine.
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Sounds like quite an ordeal. Hope the next surgery helps to relieve the pain.
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Aaron, it's been over a month since your last update...how are things going?

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Slow, very slow. I had my latest surgery on July 27th to remove the screws from the bone because they had come out too far and were causing problems. Now i'm still in a lot of pain since they sent me back to work fulltime(sedentary) and do PT twice a week and PT exercises at home 2X a day 7 days a week. I'm down to one crutch but won't be without crutches completely for several more weeks. I didn't think the pain would still be this bad. The original injury was 4.5 months ago and I still can't walk and have significant pain. I am able to do more now than any other time since before the injury but it's a very slow process.
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I am sorry it is taking so long and you are still suffering so much pain. It's admirable that even though you hurt, you are doing your PT exercises so faithfully. Is the arm still hurting, or is it strictly the hip?

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Slow, very slow. I had my latest surgery on July 27th to remove the screws from the bone because they had come out too far and were causing problems. Now i'm still in a lot of pain since they sent me back to work fulltime(sedentary) and do PT twice a week and PT exercises at home 2X a day 7 days a week. I'm down to one crutch but won't be without crutches completely for several more weeks. I didn't think the pain would still be this bad. The original injury was 4.5 months ago and I still can't walk and have significant pain. I am able to do more now than any other time since before the injury but it's a very slow process.
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I am sorry it is taking so long and you are still suffering so much pain. It's admirable that even though you hurt, you are doing your PT exercises so faithfully. Is the arm still hurting, or is it strictly the hip?
I rarely ever notice any arm pain. A little in the shower or after the shower when trying to clean or dry my back. I haven't tried lifting heavy weight yet as the surgeon has a 15 pound limit for lifting. The arm is nothing compared to the hip.
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