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15-year-old youth crushed while cleaning a dough mixing machine.

New Jersey Department of Health
NIOSH 2002 Apr; :1-9
On October 21, 2001, a 15-year-old male pizzeria worker was killed when he became entangled in a machine used to mix pizza dough. The victim had arrived in the United States from Guatemala one month before the incident and had been working at the family-owned pizza restaurant for two weeks. He was paid to do odd jobs at the restaurant, mostly sweeping and cleaning. On the night of the incident, he was cleaning the pizza dough mixer as the restaurant was closing for the evening. He was working alone in the kitchen as the remaining staff cleaned the adjoining dining room. He apparently lifted the cover of the mixer, uncovering the 32-inch-diameter mixing bowl, and started the machine. As he reached in to the bowl to clean it, he became entangled on a large mixing fork (beater) that rotated inside the mixing bowl. His co-workers heard him scream, but were unable to reach him in time. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that all equipment, including manufacturer's safety devices, is maintained in safe operating condition. 2. All machines should be de-energized before cleaning or performing other maintenance. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Employers should know and comply with all state and national laws dealing with child labor. 5. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-programs; Equipment-reliability; Children; Food-services; Food-processing-equipment; Food-processing-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01NJ118; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health