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Laborer dies after falling into baler at paper products plant - South Carolina.
Moore-PH; Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA; Sniezek-J
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 97-15, 1997 Sep; :1-5
On May 9, 1997, a 34-year-old laborer (the victim) died after falling in an operating paper baler at a paper products plant. The victim and a co -worker were loading scrap paper into an automatically operated paper baler via a belt conveyor. The victim ascended to a platform located between the conveyor discharge and the feed chute of the paper baler to clear jammed material. Then the victim fell into the baling chamber and the baler ram automatically activated. NIOSH investigators concluded that to prevent similar incidents, employers should: ensure that procedures for adequate control of hazardous energy(lockout/tagout) are implemented by workers when it is necessary to perform maintenance, including clearing jammed material from process machinery; ensure that process machines such as paper balers which are prone to jamming are configured to include means of access to protect workers from injury while clearing material jams.
Traumatic-injuries; Machine-operation; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Region-4
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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