Clearing jammed machine proves fatal

by on October 28, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Details are sketchy, but the fact pattern suggests a familiar scenario – a worker didn’t lock out a jammed machine before attempting to clear it. The accident occurred at Claude Howard Lumber Co. in Statesboro, GA.

Employee Salvador Hernandez, 32, was working at the lumber mill when a piece of equipment jammed. He climbed inside the machine – what kind of equipment hasn’t been released – and was killed. State officials and OSHA are investigating.

A jammed machine is the definition of stored energy. If clearing a machine jam puts workers in harm’s way, make sure workers lock out and release the energy prior to getting near it. A secondary issue – climbing inside a machine. If a worker can’t be seen and the machine isn’t locked out, another worker can come along and hit the start button.

Bottom line: It only takes a second to clear a machine, but it only takes a second for a tragedy to occur, too.

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