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Foreman crushed to death after being caught in a screw conveyor.

New Jersey 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 94NJ009, 1994 Sep; :1-7
On February 4, 1994, a 35 year-old male asphalt shingle recycling plant foreman was killed when he became ensnared in an industrial screw conveyor. The incident occurred when the victim climbed up onto the operating machine in order to clear a jam in the conveyors. The victim was apparently reaching into the machine when his clothing caught on the rotating screw conveyor, pulling him into the machine. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce an effective mechanical lock-out, tag-out program. 2. All machine access panels should be equipped with safety interlocks to prevent the machines from operating with the covers open. 3. Employers should develop and implement a comprehensive employee safety program that includes certification in the safe operation of machinery. 4. Employers should provide secure and easy access to the industrial machinery. 5. Employers should perform periodic safety inspections to ensure that safety interlocks and railings are in place and in good working order.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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