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FACE facts: employee dies after being crushed in a baler.

New York State Department of Health/Health Research Incorporated
Troy, NY: New York State Department of Health, 2004 Sep; :1
A department store processing manager died after he was crushed in a cardboard baling machine. The safety gate was not closed prior to his pushing the "down" button to begin baling. In addition, for an unknown reason, the employee climbed into the baling chamber where he was crushed by the baler's hydraulic ram. A post-incident baler examination found that the electrical wiring had been altered to bypass the "On or Off" switch, and the gate safety switch had been short-circuited by a piece of two-inch wire. By doing so, power was always supplied to the machine and the baling machine could operate with the safety gate up. HOW CAN THIS BE PREVENTED? Employees should: Inspect all baling machines periodically to ensure safety features are working properly. Develop, implement, and enforce a baling machine safety program. Provide training and ensure management and other employees know and understand the importance of baler safety features, such as the safety gate and lockout/tagout program, and how they work. Ensure authorized baler operators follow standard safe operating procedures. Follow the manufacturer's recommended schedule for baling machine maintenance.
Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-research; Equipment-design; Retail-workers
NYSDOH FACE Program, Bureau of Occupational Health, Flanigan Square, Room 230, 547 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
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FACE facts: employee dies after being crushed in a baler
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