Worker asphyxiated when caught in rotating shaft of cable reel trailer.
NIOSH 1998 Aug; :1-10
On December 6, 1997, a 26 year-old telecommunications company worker died from injuries sustained when his hand became entangled in a tape he was winding around an unguarded shaft on a cable reel trailer. His clothing also became entangled and he was pulled against the machine. The rotating shaft was normally used for mounting collapsible power reels for cable and functioned as a winch for pulling lines and cable. The worker was attempting to use the unguarded protrusion of the rotating shaft, without the reel, for the same purpose. FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. The employer should consider appointing one worker in each crew as a supervisor. 2. All machines should be inspected for unguarded hazards and retrofitted with machine safeguards. 3. The employer should include hazard recognition in the employees' training.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Training; Work-analysis; Work-clothing; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Safety-clothing; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Communication-workers; Communications-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health