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L.A. County pays $810,000 to family of pedestrian killed by forklift near County-USC Medical Center

Los Angeles County Supervisors on Tuesday authorized an $810,000 payment to the family of an 86-year-old man who died after being struck by a forklift at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Andrew Bagsiao was crossing the driveway at the hospital's north loading dock on May 21, 2009, when he was struck by the forklift and killed, according to a county investigation.

The forklift was operated by a county employee who was carrying a waste bin. "Unfortunately, it was not until the employee felt the forklift run over an object that he realized that he collided into and ran over Mr. Bagsiao," the county report said.

Bagsiao's adult children accused the employee of negligence in operating the forklift.

The county said that after the accident, it instituted a training requirement for staffers operating forklifts and cordoned off areas where forklifts were in use.


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Photo: Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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