Contractor killed by forklift at Honda plant in Union County – Columbus Dispatch

Posted: Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A Honda contractor died on Monday morning, after he was hit in the head by a forklift at
Honda R&D
Americas in Union County
just five minutes into his shift.

Ghouse Gulam died from a crushed skull about 7:35 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Marysville, said
Union County Coroner David Applegate.

Gulam was injured just after 6 a.m. at the Honda plant in Raymond.

According to Honda and investigators, he had just clocked in and was walking outside in a
causeway between two buildings when he was struck by a forklift driven by another contract
worker.

Unlike most of the indoor facilities at Honda, the causeway did not have surveillance cameras,
said Jim Fish, a coroner’s investigator. Fish said the vehicle operator, who is not being named,
was carrying a trash bucket on the forks that might have impeded his visibility.

“Associates of Honda R&D Americas are deeply saddened and extend heartfelt sympathy and
condolences to family members, friends and colleagues,” the company said.

Gulam, 61, is listed by Honda as being from Livonia, Mich. He had been living in an apartment in
Delaware County, Fish said.

Liberty Township Fire personnel responded to the facility. Union County detectives are
investigating.

The Raymond R&D center, which is part of a larger Honda campus that covers parts of Union
and Logan counties, has about 1,600 employees.

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