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Welder is crushed by rock chipper.

Kentucky Department of Health Services
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 96KY028, 1996 Oct; :1-4
A 28-year-old male welder died after being crushed by the rock chipper and conveyor he was working on. The victim was welding reinforcement beads on the ends of the chipper/shredder unit when the hydraulic system which was holding the unit in place lost pressure. The unit, weighing over 1500 pounds, descended on the victim. He was removed from the unit after a tow motor lifted it off him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. A safety pin on the chipper had not been engaged prior to the victim's entering the area to work on it. The FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that contractors use available safety procedures when entering areas where a potential for equipment failure exists, and monitor work being performed by contractors. 2. Develop, implement and enforce a written safety program which includes employee and contractor equipment repair procedures. 3. Designate a competent person to conduct regular safety inspections on the site.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Safety-personnel
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96KY028; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Kentucky Department of Health Services
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