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Massachusetts specialty foundation company laborer dies in machinery entanglement.

NIOSH 1994 Jun; :1-4
On May 25, 1993, a 23 year old specialty foundation company laborer died when he became entangled in the revolving auger of a drilling machine at a university construction site. The victim was employed to assist the machine operator during drilling processes, and was using a shovel to clear the earth brought up by the auger when the incident occurred. His clothing was caught by the auger, and his body pulled in by the revolving motion. The victim was spun multiple times around the auger before the drill operator was able to stop the machine. The victim suffered catastrophic injuries, resulting in immediate death on the scene. The MA FACE Project concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers and equipment manufacturers should: 1. Ensure that all jobsite machinery is suitably safeguarded to prevent employee injury. 2. Minimize the need for personnel to work in close proximity to hazardous machinery which can cause serious physical harm or death. 3. Ensure that operators of highly hazardous machinery do not leave the point of operation unattended, particularly when other employees are working in close proximity to unguarded, dangerous parts. 4. Ensure that employee clothing does not create an unnecessary hazard.
Region-1; 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; Clothing; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Equipment-operators; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA007; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health