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Machinist crushed to death while cleaning a grinding 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 96NJ037, 1996 Nov; :1-8
On May 30, 1996, a 22-year-old machinist was crushed to death while servicing an industrial vertical surface grinding machine. The incident occurred when the victim was cleaning out the cooling fluid sump located near the bottom of the grinder. To reach into the sump, the victim laid across the grinder's magnetic chuck (table) that holds and turns the metal to be ground under the grinding stones. While his body was stretched down into the machine, the victim apparently activated a switch with his leg, starting the chuck's traverse mechanism. The chuck moved sideways toward the grinding stones and crushed the victim between the chuck and the side of the machine. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce an effective lockout/tagout program. 2. Employees should be trained to safely operate and maintain the machines. 3. Employers should install emergency stop switches on all machines. 4. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 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-96NJ037; 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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