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A machine operator's helper died when caught in a slitting machine.

Public Health Institute
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 06CA002, 2006 Nov; :1-7
An 18-year-old Hispanic laborer, working as a machine operator's helper, died when he got caught between a steel sheet and a rewind cylinder on a machine called a "slitter." The victim turned 18 years old two weeks before the incident occurred but had been working at his position for approximately six months. He was a temporary employee hired from an employment agency whose documents showed he was 22 years old. The victim prepared the sheet steel to be wound on the cylinder and then gave the machine operator the signal to start the machine. The victim was clear of the machine at that time. The machine jammed, and when the operator went to find the cause, he found the victim caught in between the rolled steel sheet on the rewind cylinder. No one witnessed the actual incident. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure employee safety by installing guards around the moving parts and pinch points of machinery to protect employees from accidental contact. 2. Ensure employees do not operate machinery without proper guarding. 3. Ensure employees are properly trained on machine operation and safety, and their achievement of skills is verified through a testing program. 4. Periodically reassess job assignment hazards. 5. Establish work policies that comply with employment standards for youth less than 18 years of age in nonagricultural employment.
Region-9; 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; Machine-guarding; Equipment-operators; Children; Safety-practices; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-06CA002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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