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Rewinder operator's assistant crushed in paper rewinder machine - Maryland.

Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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 94MD057, 1995 Apr; :1-4
A 19-year-old rewinder operator's assistant (the victim) died from multiple injuries when he was crushed in a paper rewinder machine. The victim and a co-worker (the rewinder operator) were standing on the eject table of the machine taping rolls of paper while the machine was operating. The victim lost his footing and was pulled into the machinery feet first. As his body passed between two steel drive rollers and the paper rolls he was crushed by the paper product and machinery components weighing in excess of 7000 pounds. His body was discharged into the interior of the machine. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Maryland FACE investigator suggests that to prevent similar occurrences: 1. Employers should install guarding on all machinery to prevent employees from coming in contact with rotating parts. 2. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce written safe work procedures that separate the employee from exposure to hazards that could result in injury or death. 3. Operations that must be performed near moving machinery should be automated or designed to eliminate the risk of employee injury.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Printers; Printing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Region-3; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Machine-guarding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MD057; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-309872
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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