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Temporary laborer was fatally injured when caught between an idler pulley and conveyor belt at a recycling facility - 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 05MA018, 2007 Sep; :1-11
On March 18, 2005, a 32-year-old Hispanic male temporary laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when he became caught between a screening/recycling system's idler pulley and a conveyor belt at a recycling company. The victim was helping his brother, who was a full-time employee of the company, realign the conveyor belt when he became caught between the conveyor belt and the idler pulley. Coworkers attempted to free the victim and notified Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMS responded to the incident site within minutes and pronounced the victim dead at the incident site. The Medical Examiners Office was notified and arrived to remove the victim's body. 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 are guarded. 2. Routinely conduct a job safety analysis (JSA) to ensure equipment and current practices are safe. 3. Designate only workers who have been trained to perform or assist in required machine maintenance tasks. 4. Ensure that all workers have knowledge of worksite hazards by providing safety training in the workers' primary language(s) and at appropriate literacy levels. 5. Ensure that workers employed through temporary agencies are provided site and task specific safety and health training. 6. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive hazardous energy control program including lockout/tagout procedures and routinely review and update the program and training. In addition, manufacturers of equipment with conveyors should: 7. Ensure that all moving sections of conveyors are guarded. 8. Consider installing pull cable emergency stops that surround the accessible sections of conveyors.
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; Training; Work-areas; Work-practices; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Machine-guarding; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05MA018; 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