Machine operator electrocuted while shoveling pellets.
NIOSH 2006 Jan; :1-4
On January 28, 2004, a 34-year-old machine operator was electrocuted while cleaning up wood pellets from beneath a Hamer Wood Pellet Bag Sealer and its conveyor system. The operator was using a long-handled scoop shovel to push spilled wood pellets into a central pile. He grasped a metal guard on the bagging machine with his left hand and leaned forward with the shovel in his right hand. While using the shovel, the back of his right wrist came into contact with exposed electrical controls on the wall near the bagging machine. The victim collapsed and was later discovered deceased by a co-worker. Recommendations: 1. Live electrical switchboards or motor control panels should be guarded against accidental contact by enclosures and other approved safeguards. 2. All electrical equipment should be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure employees are adequately protected from accidental contact with live parts.
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Work-operations; Electrical-safety; Electrical-shock; Electricity; Electrical-hazards; Electrocutions
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
FACE-04OR005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Oregon Department of Human Services