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Massachusetts construction machine operator dies under conveyor of stone crushing machine.

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 95MA043, 1996 May; :1-7
On November 10, 1995 a 51 year old male construction machine operator/mechanic was fatally injured when his clothing was caught in the stone crushing machine he was cleaning. The victim, who had been operating the machine all day, had shut down one of two conveyors and proceeded to clean out the bottom small particle chute of the machine. Leaning into the chute while raking out the residue, his hooded sweatshirt was caught in an overhead axle and he became trapped. Co-workers were unable to extricate the victim from the machine until police and fire rescue workers arrived. The victim suffered severe trauma to the face, head and chest, and was unconscious. He was transported to the local city emergency room where he was pronounced dead. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that all cleaning and maintenance of machinery takes place while power to the machine is completely shut down using lockout/tagout procedures. 2. Ensure that equipment is properly guarded to prohibit entry into working parts of the machinery. 3. Ensure that all equipment has properly marked and accessible emergency shutoffs and that all personnel are acquainted with their location and operation. 4. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in controlling the health and safety hazards of heavy equipment. 5. Not allow employees to wear loose clothing, such as hooded sweatshirts, when working around unguarded moving or rotating parts of machinery.
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; Training; Equipment-operators; Machine-guarding; Clothing; Safety-programs; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MA043; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division