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A laborer dies when he is crushed by an industrial washing machine.
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 11CA007, 2013 Jun; :1-9
A laborer was crushed by a horizontal drum industrial washing machine while he was reaching into the machine to retrieve clothing. When the machine had first finished its wash cycle, a co-worker aligned the inside door on the horizontal drum of the washing machine with the outside door on the frame. The victim's supervisor opened the drum door, and then the victim began to retrieve laundry by leaning inside the drum. Video shows the supervisor then switched the machine on and the drum suddenly rotated upward, pulling the victim off his feet and pinning his torso between the drum and frame of the washing machine. The supervisor switched off the machine and then attempted to free the victim. Other employees in the shop also came to assist. The door safety interlock was disconnected at the time of the incident. Factors identified in this investigation which may have contributed to the victim's death included the disconnected safety interlock switch and the work practice of one worker reaching into the washer while a second worker was near the washer controls. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent washing machine operators from being pulled into machines, employers should ensure that: 1) Comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP) are developed, implemented, and enforced which include worker training in washing machine operations and safety with instructions that are available in the primary language of the user. 2) The electrical, mechanical, and safety features of industrial washing machines are maintained or repaired in operating condition, according to manufacturer's specifications. All preventive maintenance should be documented.
Region-9; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Industrial-environment; Industrial-equipment; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Laundering; Clothing; Supervisory-personnel; Manual-controls; Training; Safety-measures
California FACE Program, California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building P, Third Floor, Richmond, CA 94804
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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