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Poultry worker is caught in the metal paddles of a feather dryer and dies 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 98CA004, 1998 Oct; :1-4
A 39-year old poultry worker (decedent) died when a feather dryer was turned on and he was struck by and caught in the metal paddles. The decedent had been cleaning out the feather dryer tank for about thirty minutes when the paddle drive motor was started by another employee. The feather dryer was not locked/tagged out and the employer did not have a lock/tag out program. There were no caution signs warning employees of the danger of entering the tank. The entry hatch to the tank was not interlocked to prevent motor startup. The employer did not have documentation for the performance of safety inspections nor for conducting training. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. develop and implement formal lockout/tagout programs which include an energy control procedure. 2. install interlocks on the hatches of such tanks to prevent startup during maintenance. 3. place caution signs to warn employees of the potential hazard of entering such tanks without proper lockout/tagout. 4. develop training programs that address lockout/tagout, energy control, interlocks and caution signs.
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; Training; Warning-devices; Warning-signs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98CA004; 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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