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Child laborer electrocuted while working at sawmill 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 00MO063, 2001 Jul; :1-3
On June 22, 2000, a 16-year-old male laborer was electrocuted while working at a sawmill. The victim was working alone using a compressed air hose and nozzle to blow sawdust from a 440-volt electric re-saw machine. Apparently the victim knelt down under the machine and contacted the machine's metal framework. The ground was wet where he was kneeling and the machine's metal frame was energized. Co-workers at the mill saw the victim collapsed under the machine and immediately came to his aid. Local emergency services were contacted. The victim was taken by helicopter ambulance to a trauma center. He could not be revived and was pronounce dead approximately four hours later The MO FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences all employers should: 1. ensure electrical machinery be installed and grounded properly. And that machinery is routinely inspected for mechanical and electrical defects; 2. know and comply with state and federal child labor laws that include prohibitions against certain types of work for employees less than 18 years of age. 3. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program which includes but is not limited to hazard recognition, avoidance and abatement.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electric-properties; Electrical-charge; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Sawmill-workers; Traumatic-injuries
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00MO063; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Missouri Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division