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Two 10th grade students injured in separate incidents in the same mill/carpentry vocational school shop - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 06MA1NF, 2007 Jul; :1-10
In 2006, two 10th grade students in a Chapter 74 approved vocational technical education program were injured in two separate incidents, eight days apart, in the same mill/carpentry school shop. One of the two students was injured while operating a spindle sander when the wood piece being sanded started to rotate uncontrollably with the sander's spindle. The wood piece injured both hands of the student. After the incident the student went to the school nurse's office where a call was placed to the student's mother who came to the school and drove the student to the hospital. The second student was injured eight days later when the student's hand came in contact with the rotating blade of the table saw the student was operating. The student had just finished making a cross cut on a wood piece at the time of the incident. After the incident the instructor called the school nurse for help. A call was placed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which responded and was at the incident site within minutes. EMS transported the student via ambulance to a local hospital. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, schools with mill/carpentry shops should: 1. Provide shop conditions that at a minimum meet occupational safety and health standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and train students about these standards; 2. Ensure that the machine guarding used is the most effective guarding available; 3. Ensure that the appropriate equipment/tool is matched to the task being performed; 4. Ensure that students are comfortable operating equipment before being allowed to operate the equipment without direct supervision; 5. Design shop layouts to minimize potential distractions to equipment operators; 6. Routinely review shop lesson plans to include up-to-date information; 7. Ensure that student/teacher ratios in shop classes are within the recommended and/or required ratio guidelines issued by departments of education.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Children; Construction; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-shop-workers; Machine-tools; Equipment-operators; Education
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-06MA1NF; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division