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Machine operator killed while trying to repair a conveyor belt.

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 01NJ019, 2001 Sep; :1-9
On March 7, 2001, a 26-year-old male machine operator was killed when he was caught in a conveyor belt at a recycling plant. The incident occurred when the victim was trying to fix a conveyor that moved materials away from a power-screening machine, a large machine with a rotating drum that separates materials by size. It is not known exactly how he was injured, but he apparently was using a steel pipe to clean a roller from under the moving conveyor when his head became entangled in the machine. He was found unresponsive under the machine by co-worker. NJDHSS FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program in the safe operation and maintenance of machinery. 2. Conveyor belts and other machines should be shut down, de-energized, and locked out before performing maintenance or repairs. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Machine openings should be marked and guarded to prevent unauthorized entry. Machines should be equipped with emergency shut-off switches.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Machine-operation
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01NJ019; 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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