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Temporary laborer dies in fish processing plant 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 98MA035, 1999 Jan; :1-5
On July 30, 1998, a 40 year old male temporary laborer died of injuries sustained when he was caught in a ribbon blender at a fish processing plant. The victim and a co-worker were cleaning the tank and the area around it when the incident occurred. The two men stepped into the tank of the blender, possibly to remove some plastic debris at the bottom. The victim then requested and was handed a water hose which inadvertently contacted the switch used to turn on the blender. When the blender was activated, the victim was caught, suffering severe injury to his lower body. The co-worker escaped because he had not fully entered the tank. Co-workers shut off the machine and attempted to remove the victim but failed. Police and emergency medical services personnel arrived and also attempted to extricate the victim. He died while still caught in the machine. He was removed by cutting apart the ribbon blender and pronounced dead by the medical examiner at the scene. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop and enforce a comprehensive lockout/tagout program. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training all workers in recognizing and avoiding the hazards 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; Machine-guarding; Fishing-industry; Safety-programs; Equipment-design
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-98MA035; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-31; NAICS-1141
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division