Equipment operator fatally crushed

by on November 11, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

It only takes a minute to adjust a machine, but doing so without locking out can prove fatal. A machine operator at Cleveland Track Material, Cleveland, OH, suffered fatal blunt-force trauma when he tried to adjust a set screw on a rolling mill used to make railroad equipment. A spinning shaft contacted him and he was crushed. The operator was 45 and a husband and father.

OSHA investigated the fatality and issued proposed fines of $49,000 for seven serious violations, including citations for lockout, machine guarding and training deficiencies.

Take home: Equipment operators should know how to adjust, maintain and operate their machines in ways that avoid putting them at risk of injury.

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