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Separate rotating shafts entanglements kills two Massachusetts fishermen.

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 99MA068, 2001 Dec; :1-6
On December 20 and 22, 1999, a 43-year-old male fisherman (victim #1) and a 40-year-old male fisherman (victim #2) were fatally injured in two separate incidents when their clothes became entangled in the rotating propulsion shafts of the fishing vessels they were working aboard. Both victims were one of two people aboard each vessel. Victim #1 was the vessel Captain and owner and victim #2 was the father of the vessel owner. The United States Coast Guard responded to the incidents after emergency assistance calls were placed. The United States Coast Guard determined that both victims' injuries were consistent with entanglement scenarios. The Massachusetts FACE program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future fishermen should: 1. Disengage the transmission before attempting to work on or near a propulsion shaft and coupling. 2. Guard moving machine parts, such as propulsion shafts, to avoid contact.
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; Equipment-operators; Machine-guarding; Fishing-industry; Clothing; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Machine-operation; Machine-operators
Publication Date
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
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NTIS Price
Identifying No.
FACE-99MA068; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-11; 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