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Mechanic killed while dismantling paper baler.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 99NE004, 1999 Sep; :1-5
A 36-year-old mechanic was killed when a 1,250 pound cyclone fell, throwing him to the floor. He was in the process of dismantling a paper/cardboard baling machine. On February 12, 1999, the victim and a coworker were removing a six-foot section of a feed chute that connected the cyclone to the baler. The weight of the cyclone was resting on the feed chute and when the chute was removed the cyclone broke loose from two 3/8 inch pieces of "allthread" (threaded metal rebar) that were connected from a ceiling beam to the cyclone. When the cyclone fell the victim was knocked off the baler and sustained head injuries. Emergency response was immediately called and the victim was transported to the hospital. He was removed from life support, and died on February 13, 1999. The Nebraska Department of Labor Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers should accomplish a thorough pretask evaluation of any tasks to be performed to identify potential hazards. 2. Employers should develop a checklist for all major tasks, which includes materials required to perform the task. 3. Employers should develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in hazard recognition and abatement.
Region-7; 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; Safety-programs; Training; Mechanics; Machine-operation; Machine-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99NE004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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