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A maintenance worker dies when he falls into a baling machine that bales cardboard for recycling.

Public Health Institute
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 09CA005, 2010 Jan; :1-9
A 65-year-old Hispanic male maintenance worker working in a retail business warehouse died when he fell into and was crushed by a baling machine that bales cardboard for recycling (Exhibit 1). The victim was feeding cardboard into the machine hopper when the incident occurred. The victim had used a three-foot step ladder to gain access to the chute at the rear of the machine. The guard on the side of the chute did not fully enclose the chute to prevent entry. The machine was set on automatic mode with the electronic sensors blocked which meant that the machine constantly cycled. The company had a lockout/tagout program but it was not implemented by the victim. The company had a daily inspection log for the machine that was filled out by the operator. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers who use recycling machinery should ensure that: 1. Guards around chutes are fully enclosed to prevent entry. 2. Electronic sensors are not disabled or bypassed. 3. The lockout/tagout procedure is enforced when servicing or maintaining the baling machine. 4. Inspection of the baling machine is performed periodically by the supervisor in order to verify the machine's condition.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Warehousing; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators; Machine-guarding; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-09CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division