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Worker dies due to a fall from a conveyor belt.

Ohio Department of Health
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 99OH023, 1999 Jun; :1-4
On May 15, 1999, a 40 year old male electrician/machinery operator died of injuries sustained due to a fall from a conveyor belt. The victim was found at the end of a long run of conveyors approximately 1-1/2 hours after his last contact with another employee via 2-way radio. The victim apparently fell onto the conveyor or was crossing or riding the conveyor where he suffered a broken neck resulting in his death. After riding the first conveyor approximately 50 yards, marks indicate that he fell down a chute approximately 6 feet to the lower conveyor, was carried another 50 yards before falling through a second chute, then traveled 150 yards to a point where the conveyor travels upward. The victim's body weight tipped the belt and caused him to fall off the conveyor prior to reaching the packer (final chute and conveyor). Recommendations based on our investigation are as follows: 1. Employers should with the participation of all workers conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities. 2. Conveyor lines should be guarded from all belts and conveyor hopper and chute openings. 3. Belt conveyors that are fixed in place should have safety guards. 4. Employees should be instructed on the rules regarding safety around conveyors. 5. All workers should be thoroughly trained in safety aspects of dangerous equipment, and made aware of all shut-off switches and safety devices.
Region-5; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Electrical-workers; Machine-operators; Machine-guarding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99OH023; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-513934
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Ohio Department of Health
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