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A temporary production worker died when he was caught in a tread scrap machine.

Oklahoma State 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 05OK024, 2005 Jun; :1-5
A 49-year-old production worker died on April 10, 2005 from chest and abdominal trauma he received after being pulled into a tread scrap machine. The victim was employed by a temporary staffing agency and placed in a manufacturing facility as a production worker to operate a tread scrap machine. As the victim was feeding tread liner into the take-up spool of the tread scrap machine, his right hand became entangled between the liner and take-up spool and he was pulled into the machine. No witnesses were present during the incident and coworkers did not hear the victim call for help. A cleaning employee found the decedent's body wedged in the take-up spool and notified the occupational health staff who immediately called 911. Employees dismantled part of the machine to free the victim and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initiated. Emergency medical services (EMS) arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room. Oklahoma Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OKFACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that all machines have adequate engineering controls and guards to minimize employees' exposures to hazards. 2. Monitor compliance of safe machine operating procedures through random inspections and observations by a competent person. 3. Develop written, machine-specific safe operating procedures to assess and mitigate employees' exposures to hazards. In addition, temporary employment service agencies should: 4. Work with secondary employers to establish specific job descriptions, training criteria, and hazard analyses of each job assigned to temporary employees.
Region-6; 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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05OK024; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
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