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

Missouri 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 98MO056, 1998 Dec; :1-4
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.
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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MO056; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
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