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Recycling center laborer crushed in a vertical upstroke baling machine.

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 96NJ026, 1997 Feb; :1-9
On April 17, 1996, a 72-year-old recycling center laborer was crushed to death after falling into the loading chamber of an industrial baling machine. The incident occurred as the victim and his co-workers were compacting and baling discarded newspapers in a vertical upstroke baling machine. This machine used a 12-foot deep pit in the floor as a loading chamber. The victim, a "broom-man" who usually swept loose material into the baler, was working near the machine when he apparently fell into the loading chamber pit. His co-workers, not knowing that he was in the baler, filled the loading chamber with newspapers and started the machine. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employees should keep a minimum distance of six feet from the baler's loading chamber floor opening. 2. Employees should be trained to safely operate and maintain the baler. 3. Older baling machines should be retrofitted to comply with the safety requirements of the American National Standards Institute. 4. Employers should develop an effective lockout/tagout program for machine maintenance. 5. Employers should be aware of educational and training resources for health and safety information.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NJ026; 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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