Laborer struck by steel pipe.
NIOSH 1996 Jan; :1-4
A 31-year old male paper sorter/general laborer was fatally injured when he was struck by a metal pipe which got caught in a blower fan blade. He was attempting to clear a paper jam in a paper shredding machine when the incident occurred. The machine had not been turned off prior to attempting to clear the jam. The victim was hit in the head by the pipe and died instantly. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, utilize and enforce a lockout/tagout program to protect employees from potentially hazardous energy. 2. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in all hazard recognition and abatement. 3. Consider redesigning the paper flow in the paper shredder, or procure new/different equipment to alleviate the paper jam problem.
Region-7; 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; Protective-measures; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Safety-programs; Paper-manufacturing-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor