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Sanitation worker dies after being caught in chiller at poultry processing plant - South Carolina, September 16, 1995.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 96-02, 1996 Feb; :1-7
A 37 year old man engaged in cleaning chillers which were used to cool cleaned chicken carcasses died after being struck and pinned by the chiller paddles. The chillers were refrigerated, open topped, cylindrical tanks about 5 feet in diameter and 36 feet in length. The chiller motors were deenergized at the control panel during the cleaning process, but they were not locked out as the switch had been moved, and new switch covers were not yet installed. Accidentally, the chiller paddle wheel was turned on in the chiller while the worker was still in the cleaning process. The paddle wheel blade struck the victim and pinned him to the wall of the chiller. Other workers were not able to free the victim sufficiently to remove him from the chiller, and the paddle wheel drive shaft had to be cut. The worker was removed to the hospital, where he died the following evening of cardiovascular decompressions secondary to massive crushing injury of the upper thorax. It is recommended that employers ensure that comprehensive hazardous energy control procedures are established and followed, that all components of new or modified equipment are properly installed and functioning, that hazard evaluations are performed and needed modifications are implemented, and that safety programs include procedures which require workers to communicate hazards to safety managers.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-96-02; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Maintenance-workers; Food-processing-equipment; Poultry-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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