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Laborer caught in chipper/shredder 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 94MD058, 1995 May; :1-3
A 24-year-old male groundsman (the victim) died from injuries sustained when he was caught in a brush chipper. The victim was responsible for loading limbs into the chipper while a co-worker, the foreman, was removing branches from a tree. During the process of loading the machine the victim must have placed his hand(s) into the chute and his left arm was drawn into the feeder wheels and traumatically amputated. The victim also suffered head injuries as he was pulled into the machine. He died at the scene. Recommendations: 1. Employers should ensure that employees are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment and training specific to the correct use of all required personal protective equipment. 2. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a safety and health program to instruct employees in hazard recognition and to provide clear guidance on safe work procedures and safe work practices. 3. Manufacturers should consider design alterations to the in-feed chute so that gravity can be used to feed small limbs and compact brush.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Region-3; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; 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-94MD058; 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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