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Welder dies in mine machine repair facility in West Virginia.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 86-12, 1986 Jan; :1-5
A 50 year old welder working at a mine machine repair facility died as a result of injuries incurred when a block of ice and frozen slag fell, pinning him against the grinder he was operating. The welder had been grinding a small metal plate. About 3 feet behind him a 20 ton coal car was lying on its side. The bottom of the car contained frozen material consisting of dirt, coal and slag. This material became loose and a large piece of it weighing about 1000 pounds dislodged from the car, fell and struck the victim in the back and forced him forward into the grinder. He was pinned against the grinding machine for approximately 30 seconds. The supervisor and two coworkers raised the block from his back and extricated him from the machine. The victim died 3 days later; the cause of death was ruled to be heart failure and overwhelming infection associated with the interruption of the intestinal blood supply resulting from blunt abdominal trauma. Recommendations arising from this accident include: removal of all debris from the bottom of a coal car if there is any need for it to be turned on its side; and initiation of a safety program that identifies hazards, promotes hazard awareness, addresses specific tasks, and stresses safety training.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-86-12; Welders; Machine-tools; Machine-shop-workers; Safety-practices; Accident-analysis
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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