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Machinist repairman dies when a large mail bucket swings free during repair and crushes him 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 97CA006, 1997 Oct; :1-4
A 42-year old machinist repairman (decedent) died when he was crushed between a mail bucket and a metal pipe. The decedent and a co-worker had been sent by their employer to a bulk mail facility to repair a number of mail loader/containers. Representatives of the mail facility led the workers to the machines and then left them to perform their work. After lowering the first loader/container's bucket, the decedent opened the gate guard to reach the bolts which fastened the motor in place. Because the workers had not brought all of the correct tools needed for the job, the decedent decided to access two of the bolts from the rear of the machinery. The bucket had not been fully lowered and when the braking action of the motor was released with its removal, the bucket swung on its pivot arm and crushed the decedent. The employer had not conducted a job survey before the workers arrived for work. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, including sub-contractors should: 1. perform a site survey prior to the job to assess its hazards and ensure employees have the proper tools and equipment when arriving for work. 2. ensure that employees understand the operation of the machinery prior to any work being performed on it. 3. define safety responsibilities for the shop and each job being performed at a remote location.
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; Machine-operation; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97CA006; 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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