Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 16, 2013

Update: Deadly fork lift accident occurred during unloading

Update: Dec. 16, 3:25 p.m. - The Ada County Coroner reports the man killed in the fork lift accident this morning is Todd L. Wolf, 51 of Caldwell. The coroner confirms Mr. Wolf died of blunt force trauma due to the accident.

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Update: Boise Police detectives say the man was killed when the fork lift he was operating tipped over as it was being unloaded from a trailer. The man, in his early 50's, who was operating the lift at the time, was pinned beneath it. His name and cause of death will be released by the Ada County Coroner. The man was an employee of Pacific Steel and Recyling. He and two other workers were reportedly in the process of moving furniture when the accident happened. 

Officers say there is no evidence of foul play. The man's death appears to be a tragic accident. 

Boise Police and fire investigators have been in contact with OSHA, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the incident.

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Overturned fork lift leaves one man dead

Boise, Dec. 16, 2013 - Boise Fire, Police and EMS are on scene of an apparent accident involving a fork lift. The scene is on West Washington Street between North 8th and North 7th Streets. The fork lift was apparently working on a sidewalk on the south side of Washington Street. Sadly, the man who was driving for fork lift was pinned beneath and has died.

What Happened: Emergency responders were called at 9:50 a.m. this morning by at least two people reporting a man pinned beneath an overturned fork lift on the sidewalk behind the building at 700 West State Street. The first Boise Police officer was on scene within moments and found the man appeared deceased. Firefighters and EMS were able to confirm the death and the Ada County Coroner was called.

Boise Police are investigating the incident, although at this time it appears to be a tragic accident.

It is common in cases of industrial or business accidents for government agencies like OSHA to join officers in their investigation in an effort to ensure workplace safety.