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Temporary worker died while cleaning a double auger screw conveyor machine - 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 11MA050, 2014 Jan; :1-10
On December 16, 2011, a 28-year-old male temporary worker (victim) was fatally injured while cleaning and sanitizing a double auger screw conveyor machine (feed pump skid). Reportedly the victim was cleaning the machine's tub while the machine's double augers were rotating. Both of the victim's arms became caught in the double augers and he was pulled into the machine. A co-worker heard the victim yell and noticed the victim being pulled into the machine and then stopped the machine via the emergency stop. Another co-worker ran to place a call for emergency medical services (EMS). Personnel from the local and state police departments, fire department and EMS all arrived after the calls. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Develop, implement and enforce lockout/tagout procedures for maintenance and cleaning tasks for all machines; 2. Routinely perform job safety analysis of all tasks to ensure proper practices and procedures are implemented enabling the task to be performed safely; and 3. Develop, implement and enforce a safety and health program that addresses hazard recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions. To help prevent injuries and fatalities to temporary workers, temporary agencies and worksite employers must work together to inform workers about job hazards and provide training. Temporary agencies and worksite employers should: 1. Develop a contract that clearly outlines the training and safety responsibilities for which each the temporary agency and the worksite employer are responsible. In addition, machine manufacturers should: 1. Adopt the concept of Prevention through Design (PtD) to ensure the safety and health of machine operators, maintenance workers and others working in proximity to machines.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Protective-measures; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Rotor-blades; Occupational-hazards; Control-equipment; Control-valves; Grinding-equipment; Pumps
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-11MA050; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; M022014
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: April 1, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division