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Welder/ironworker dies after becoming entangled in a beltline driveshaft - South Carolina, September 8, 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 96-07, 1996 May; :1-5
The case of a welder/ironworker who died after becoming entangled in a beltline driveshaft was examined. The 55 year old man worked for a steel erection contractor which had a written safety policy and safety manual. On the job training was provided and employees also received training on hazard recognition and the use of personal protective equipment. The accident occurred while the victim was installing an overflow chute onto a hopper. During this activity a previously deactivated beltline located adjacent to the hopper began to run. The victim continued working and when he changed positions to work on the other side of the chute he stepped onto a structure surrounding the activated beltline. A lanyard connected to his safety belt became caught on a bolt protruding from the driveshaft and he became fatally entangled in the beltline driveshaft. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene; the cause of death was massive head and trunk trauma. It was recommended that the use of lockout/tagout procedures be ensured, that the importance of employee training in the recognition of hazards and hazard control methods be reaffirmed, that the sequence of work events leading to the completion of a project be mapped out in a way providing the safest possible environment, and that sufficient guarding be provided on rotating shafts to prevent potential worker entanglement hazards.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-96-07; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Metal-workers; Welders; Iron-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Safety-equipment; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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