Loose clothing and rotating equipment leads to tragedy

by on January 6, 2015 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Tragedy struck a Sparks, NV, machine shop when a 33-year-old machinist died after his clothing became entangled in a vertical lathe and pulled him into the equipment. Rescuers responded to a call about 6 a.m. Dec. 10 at Ebara International Corporation, but were unable to save Jason Cheely. OSHA is investigating.

The young man’s loss is a tragic reminder of the dangers of loose clothing, jewelry, or hair getting pulled into rotating equipment or moving parts. Rotating parts remaining ongoing hazards. Make sure workers have a pre-operation checklist that includes securing hair, jewelry and rotating equipment – so you don’t have to rely on people “just being careful” to avoid injuries.

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