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Independent contractor dies when struck by protective hood from chipper/shredder at waste management facility in Massachusetts.

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 96MA037, 1997 Mar; :1-4
On August 24, 1996, a 46 year old male died when the metal hood over the cutter disk of a brush chipper which he was operating flew off its hinges and struck him. The victim had shut off the machine, but apparently had not waited for the cutter disk to stop rotating before opening the hood. The hood caught on a blade of the cutter disk and was torn from its hinges. The victim was struck in the head and chest. He was found by another worker who called for emergency medical assistance. The victim was taken by ambulance to a regional hospital where he survived for a day but never regained consciousness. He died the following day of his injuries. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences: 1. Manufacturers of brush cutting equipment should consider the use of an interlock system whereby the chipper hood could not be opened while the cutter disk is turning. 2. Employers should ensure that all equipment is maintained so that hazards from machinery are minimized. 3. Employers, together with employees, should set up and maintain safety programs which include thorough hazard analysis of all machinery and training in the avoidance of those hazards.
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; Equipment-reliability; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MA037; 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