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Supervisor dies when caught between an adjusting bar and the frame of a knitting machine in California.

Public Health Institute
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 97CA002, 1997 Aug; :1-3
A 51-year old supervisor/mechanic (decedent) died when he was caught and pinned at the neck between an adjusting rod (take-up) and the leg of the frame of a knitting machine. The decedent was attempting to correct a problem with the lines of thread feeding into the knitter. With the protective gate (machine guard) open due to a defeated interlock, he pushed the machine's stop button. He then apparently squatted down to look at the knitted cloth as the machine was coming to a stop. Before the machine stopped, the decedent's neck became pinned. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. implement a formal, written program that provides requirements to perform maintenance on knitting machines including locking out and tagging 2. use knitting machines designed so controls can only be operated by an employee from a safe distance from moving parts and so interlocks cannot be easily defeated.
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; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97CA002; 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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