Machine operator in a plastic recycling facility dies after being caught in a bale breaker machine.
NIOSH 2009 Apr; :1-4
A machine operator died after being caught in the blades of a plastic bottle bale breaker. The victim was attempting to kick plastic bottles into the blades of the bale breaker when his leg caught on the rotating blades of the bale breaker. There were no safety interlocks or protective guarding to prevent workers from entering the conveyor area while the machine was running. 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.) Collaborate with bale breaker manufacturers on the design and installation of safety features to keep employees away from moving parts.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; 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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