A machine operator dies when crushed inside a knitting machine.
NIOSH 2004 Sep; :1-4
A 26-year-old Hispanic male knitting machine operator died when he was crushed by moving parts within the knitting machine as he tried to make an adjustment. The victim opened a safety gate and jammed a needle in the "on" button that allowed the machine to operate with the safety gates open. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should: 1. Ensure employees stay out of machine's pinch points. 2. Ensure machine operators are properly trained on machine operation, safety, and their achievement of skills is verified through a testing program. 3. Ensure employees do not bypass safety interlocks. 4. Ensure machine operators lockout/tagout machinery prior to maintenance or repair.
Region-9; 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; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Work-operations
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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