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Machine assembler crushed between machine sections during assembly.

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 00NJ040, 2001 Sep; :1-8
On June 5, 2000, a 53-year-old machine assembler was crushed between two parts of a large machine as a forklift attempted to move the parts together. The incident occurred at a machine fabrication shop that built and assembled industrial plastic processing machines. The victim had been working on a large precision coating machine and needed to connect the section containing the drive motor mechanism to the roller section. Both sections of the machine were set on metal blocks that leveled the machine and allowed access to a forklift. As the victim stood between the two sections to hold up a wire, a forklift operator positioned the lift under the drive section. This apparently caused one of the blocks to slip from underneath the machine, causing the top of the machine to pitch forward as it dropped to the floor. This forward movement was enough to pin the victim's head between the two machine sections. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that all loads on forklifts are properly positioned and secured before lifting. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work tasks with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should ensure that forklift operators are properly trained and certified according to the OSHA Industrial Truck regulation 29 CFR 1910.178.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00NJ040; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division