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Massachusetts laborer dies after arm is caught in rock crushing machine conveyor belt.

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 02MA001, 2004 Feb; :1-6
On February 7, 2002, a 37-year-old male laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when he became caught between a conveyor belt and an idler pulley of a rock crushing machine. The victim's job consisted of sweeping and shoveling the area around the rock-crushing machine. Approximately 20 minutes after the victim arrived at work he was found underneath the rock crushing machine with his arm caught between a conveyor belt and an idler pulley. The co-worker, with the use of a cutting torch, cut the idler pulley off of the machine freeing the victim. A call was placed for emergency assistance and personnel from the local police department arrived at the scene within minutes. The victim was rushed to a local hospital were he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure that all exposed and accessible sections of conveyors on rock crushing machines are guarded. 2. Perform a hazard analysis prior to equipment use to ensure it is safe for employees. 3. Provide training for employees on the proper use and the hazards of equipment at the workplace. 4. Develop, implement and enforce the basic elements of a lockout/tagout program. 5. Ensure that workers who are part of a multilingual workforce comprehend safety training for their assigned tasks. In addition, rock crushing machine manufacturers should: 6. Ensure that all moving parts, including conveyors, are guarded. 7. Consider installing pull cable emergency stops.
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; Stone-grinders; Stone-processing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02MA001; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division