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Machine operator crushed in conveyor belt in California.

Public Health Institute
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 92CA004, 1992 Oct; :1-3
A 22-year-old Hispanic male machine operator (victim) died after being pulled into a conveyor belt and crushed. The victim climbed down into a pit next to a conveyor belt in order to clean the area or remove a piece of wood. Although this was not a routine part of his job, the victim would enter the pit occasionally to clean the area or remove a piece of wood which was lodged in the conveyor belt. There were no co-workers in the area when the incident occurred, and the victim was not discovered until approximately an hour after the incident occurred. The California FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. provide and implement a written and documented safety training plan for operating the conveyor belt, and a plan for a safe means of access should employees need to retrieve a piece of wood or other debris from the machine. 2. provide guards on the conveyor belt at locations where employees may be at risk of getting caught and pulled into the machine 3. have lockout procedures implemented in the areas where the conveyor belt and grinder power switches are located. There should also be a control switch located in the pit next to the conveyor belt for emergency purposes.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Sawmill-workers; Machine-guarding; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92CA004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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