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Farmworker forced into conveyer mechanism.

NIOSH 1992 Sep; :1-3
A 36 year old male farm laborer died at the scene of a feedlot operation from preventable injuries incurred while operating a chain-drag elevator to transport hay cubes from a truck to a grinder. The victim was operating a truck mechanism designed to feed hay cubes from the truck into the hopper of a 60'-65' elevator, and the conveyor mechanism designed to carry the hay cubes from the hopper to an attached grinder. For unknown reasons, the worker was inside the hopper with both the truck dispensing unit and the conveyer mechanism turned on. The worker apparently lost his balance while inside the hopper and was transported feet-first into a sheet metal end panel, becoming entrapped as the conveyor motion carried him into a 36" x 11" panel opening. The victim was seen by a fellow worker, who shut off the equipment and called Emergency 911. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Emphasize the hazards of operating machinery in an unsafe manner by posting safety rules where employees gather. 2. Conduct periodic safety briefings to remind employees of safety considerations. 3. Encourage employees to participate in First Aid or EMT training.
Region-8; 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; Personal-protection; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; First-aid; Emergency-treatment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92WY006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Wyoming Department of Health