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Recycling plant laborer engulfed by a load of plastics on a conveyor in New Jersey.

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 99NJ024, 2000 Feb; :1-7
On March 10, 1999, a 63 year-old recycling plant worker stood near the edge of a steel belt conveyor that was being loaded with loose bales of plastic materials being sent to a baling machine. He may have been cutting the strips holding the bales together when he slipped and fell onto the moving conveyor belt. He was swept along on the conveyor belt and buried under the piles of plastic bags. The emergency shut off switch for the conveyor was not functioning. The worker was asphyxiated under the large piles of materials. FACE investigators concluded that in order to prevent similar incidents, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Emergency shut off devices should be functioning and easily accessible to workers on the conveyor belt and to bystanders. 2. The production process should be modified to decrease the amount of loose material on and around the conveyors. 3. A job hazard analysis should be conducted; a health and safety plan should be designed and implemented based on the findings of the hazard analysis.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99NJ024; 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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