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Massachusetts laborer dies when caught in conveyor machinery at scrap metal business.

Massachusetts Department of Health
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 94MA021, 1995 Feb; :1-3
On July 26, 1994, a 46-year-old laborer (the victim) died from injuries sustained when his left arm became caught between the belt and pulley of a conveyor system at a Massachusetts scrapyard and recycling plant. The victim was working alone removing fallen debris from the conveyor frame at the time of the incident. The local fire department was summoned to the scene for assistance after a co-worker heard the victim's cries for help. Upon arrival, the emergency workers found the victim on a platform approximately 25 feet off the ground with his left arm caught up to the shoulder in the turning wheel of a machine. He was bleeding heavily and had also suffered wounds to the head. The worker was transported to the hospital by an emergency medical flight and went into cardiac arrest while en route. He was pronounced dead of multiple traumatic injuries at the hospital. There were no witnesses to the incident. The MA FACE investigation concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Require that conveyors be de-energized while they are cleared of fallen or jammed material. 2. Install guarding at nip points of conveyor belts to prevent employee contact with moving parts of machinery. 3. Equip conveyor machinery with prominently displayed and functioning emergency stop buttons along conveyor or an emergency stop cable running the length of the conveyor. 4. Provide training to workers on machine safety and emergency situations, including instruction to all workers in areas where machines are operating on how to disengage machinery. 5. Consider special communication needs when organizing worksite safety programs when the workforce is comprised of workers who speak different languages.
Region-1; 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-guarding; Training; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA021; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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