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Die setter crushed by machinery at plastic molding company in Missouri.

Authors
Missouri Department of Health
Source
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 98MO056, 1998 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026264
Abstract
On June 18, 1998, a 51-year-old male die-setter (the victim) at a plastic molding company sustained fatal crushing injuries when he apparently entered a plastic blow-molding machine to perform minor maintenance. The victim had relieved the machine operator for a scheduled break. At approximately 6:15 a.m. the victim entered the machine's enclosed press area, possibly to make a minor adjustment. As the victim entered the machine he crossed through the machine's light curtain safety system causing the machine to cycle. The victim was crushed as the machine's press plates came together to mold a new part. A co-worker found the victim and summoned a supervisor. The injuries from the incident were massive and first aid was not administered. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The MO FACE Investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences, all employers should: 1. ensure that comprehensive hazardous energy control procedures, including proper lockout/tagout procedures, are fully implemented and enforced; 2. provide redundant safety devices on all machines.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Industrial-factory-workers; Industrial-safety; Industrial-safety-programs; Plastics-industry; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Equipment-operators
Publication Date
19981222
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-110258
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-98MO056; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
SIC Code
NAICS-21
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO; WV
Performing Organization
Missouri Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division