Machine operator crushed in a recycling center baling machine.
NIOSH 1996 May; :1-8
On November 7, 1995, a 21-year-old machine operator was killed in an industrial baling machine at a recycling center. The incident occurred as the victim and a group of laborers were compacting and baling discarded newspapers for recycling. When the machine jammed, the victim entered the machine's compacting chamber and was pulling out the excess newspaper when a co-worker accidentally activated the compactor, crushing the victim. FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that company lockout/tagout procedures are followed. 2. A procedure should be established that clearly describes the methods to clear jams in the baler. 3. Safety interlocks should be designed to immediately shut the machine down when activated. 4. Employers should assess each job for potential hazards and train employees in methods of dealing with them.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Machine-operators; Machine-guarding; Safety-programs
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health