Loose clothing and rotating equipment adds up to tragedy

by on March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Here’s a tragic reminder of the danger of wearing loose clothing around rotating equipment: A 29-year-old Ventura County, CA, man’s clothing became entangled in an augur.

Ernesto Rodriguez Gomez was using the augur to dig post holes on a farm near Santa Paula, CA, when the augur snagged his shirt and pulled him into the machine. He suffered blunt-force trauma injuries that proved fatal.

Local police and Cal-OSHA are investigating.

Take home: Workers need reminders that loose clothing can easily get snagged and clothing fibers can be strong and don’t always tear away. Many times, as in this tragic case, it pulls the worker in before anyone (including the worker) can react. Look for loose clothing, jewelry, and other snag hazards on your regular inspections.

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    1. MunrosSafetyApparel
      March 23, 2013 - 10:10 am

      Not only should employees be trained on proper work attire, but these rules need to be enforced. Dressing the right way for the job, and wearing safety apparel correctly aren’t meant to be an inconvenience on the job. They are there to project each worker’s health and safety.

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