By: William M. Berman, Esquire
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – On February 6, 2009, 42-year-old Lee Haleem of San Diego died while attempting to unload a forklift from a rental truck. The specific cause of accident is still under investigation, but the forklift is believed to have tipped after being stuck on the tailgate of the rental truck upon which it was being hauled. Haleem apparently got stuck and pinned underneath the forklift when trying to prevent it from falling off of the liftgate.
A San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman stated that Haleem was observed backing the forklift out of a rented truck when the forklift tipped over and crushed him. The accident occurred at the landfill on Convoy Street near state Route 52. It is still unclear exactly why Haleem was unloading the forklift at the public landfill, or whether he was on the job at the time of the accident.
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