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Factory worker entangled in conveyor belt rollers.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1999 Jan; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20026384
Abstract
An 18-year-old male chop saw operator (the victim) died when his right arm became caught in the roller mechanism underneath a conveyor belt. He was pulled into the roller mechanism and suffered compressional asphyxia and blunt force injuries. The victim had left his usual work station for a break. When he did not return on time, his supervisor began to search for him. He saw the victim's legs hanging from the conveyor belt and immediately ran to him and shut off the power to the conveyor belt, radioing a guard to call for emergency medical services (EMS). He and another worker then checked the victim for a pulse, but found none. EMS received the call at 12:02 a.m. and reached the scene at 12:10, but could detect no vital signs. EMS workers called the coroner and extricated the victim from the machine. The coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene. In order to prevent similar incidents, the KY FACE investigator recommends that: 1. guarding should be placed around ingoing nip points created where conveyor belts run between rollers; 2. workers should be trained to recognize and avoid hazards in the workplace; and, 3. employers should develop, implement and enforce comprehensive written safety programs.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practice; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Factory-workers; Machine-operators; Machine-guarding; Engineering-controls
Publication Date
19990109
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-100088
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-98KY044; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-32
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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