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A machine operator died when caught in a plastic injection molding machine.

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 03CA004, 2003 Nov; :1-6
A 29 year-old Hispanic male machine operator died when caught between the injector and the housing of a plastic injection molding machine. Evidence suggests the victim was performing maintenance and reached into the machine while it was running. According to the employer, the victim's duties did not include machine maintenance. The victim had not completed machine-specific training at the time of the incident. The safety interlock device on the hinged shield for the injector was not working, and the maintenance log did not document when the last inspection of the safety devices occurred. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure machine operators are properly trained on machine operation and safety and their achievement of skills is verified through a testing program. 2. Ensure all machine safety interlock devices are in working condition. 3. Ensure employees stay within their assigned scope of work.
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; Training; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Maintenance-workers; Machine-guarding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03CA004; 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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