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Temporary worker killed when caught in machinery at a bottling pant in Washington State.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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 00WA012, 2004 Dec; :1-18
On February 26, 2000, a 24 -year-old temporary employee died when he was caught in a piece of machinery at a soft drink bottling plant. The victim was an operator on the bottle depalletizer/bottle conveyor line. The victim was employed and placed at the bottling plant by a temporary employment service agency. He had been on the job for about two years at the time of the incident. Somehow the victim got caught in a machine called a chipboard remover, which was part of a depalletizer conveyor system that was designed to remove empty soft drink bottles from a pallet and funnel them single-file into the system to be filled and capped. There were no witnesses to the incident. Co-workers discovered the victim caught in the machine when they went to find out why the bottle line had stopped. A call was placed to 911 and first aid and CPR were given to the victim immediately after being removed from the machine. The local fire department emergency medical team continued CPR on the victim but were unsuccessful and the victim died at the scene as a result of his injuries. To prevent similar occurrences, the Washington Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) investigative team has identified the following guidelines and requirements: 1. Ensure that all machinery is properly safeguarded to prevent the exposure of any part of a worker's body to hazardous aspects of the machine's operation. 2. Equip conveyor system with an emergency stop cable or similar safety device that runs the entire length of the conveyor. 3. The employer should work with the equipment manufacturer to address safe processes to deal with equipment jamming and other operational issues. 4. Temporary employment service agencies should work with secondary employers to establish specific job descriptions, training criteria, and hazard analyses of each job assigned to temporary employees. 5. Use a hand tool to help clear jammed or fallen containers, to prevent exposure of any body part to the machinery.
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Safety-clothing; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Machine-operation; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00WA012; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-013928
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division