Machine operator dies when a molding press machine closes on him.
NIOSH 2009 Apr; :1-4
A 27-year-old male Hispanic machine operator died when he was crushed in a molding press machine that closed on him. The victim was in the process of setting up the machine when a piece of plastic dropped inside. The victim reached inside to retrieve it, and the machine closed and crushed him. It is not known if the victim had received training about how to safely retrieve displaced material. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences: 1. Press machine manufacturers should design presses that minimize the chances of material falling into or becoming lodged in the machine. 2. Employers should design and implement machine specific safe work procedures for removal of displaced material from presses. 3. Employers should fully train press machine operators in retrieving displaced material and verify their knowledge and skills through testing.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Protective-measures; Racial-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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