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Sawmill worker crushed during debarker maintenance.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2004 Aug; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026953
Abstract
On February 7, 2004, a 24-year-old sawmill employee, working as a millwright, was killed in a routine maintenance operation, while grinding the teeth of the feed rolls inside a log debarking machine. The millwright shut down electrical power to the debarker before entering the intake area, but he did not block the press roll, held aloft by compressed air, with pins available on the frame of the machine for this purpose. While he was inside the debarker, another employee in a different area of the mill shut off the compressed-air system in a separate maintenance operation, which allowed air pressure to drop throughout the plant. As the line pressure dropped, the 6000 lbs. press roll, suspended above him, unexpectedly descended and crushed the millwright. A coworker found the victim when he heard the air-pressure release and went to check the younger man at the debarker. Emergency first responders from the local fire station declared the victim dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. Prior to performing maintenance operations, de-energize, isolate, and block all forms of hazardous energy. This includes blocking machine parts against motion. 2. Identify tasks that may expose workers to the inadvertent release of hazardous energy and coordinate work activities to eliminate the exposure. 3. Employers should develop and implement hazardous energy control programs.
Keywords
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Sawmill-workers; Maintenance-workers; Lumber-industry; Lumber-industry-workers
Publication Date
20040810
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2005-109930
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-04OR003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OR
Performing Organization
Oregon Department of Human Services
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