Temp worker killed trying to clear machine

by on May 21, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A temporary employee at the Chipita America food-processing plant, Yadkinville, NC, died in a failed attempt to remove a jam from moving equipment.

The worker’s name wasn’t released. Apparently he was working on a food conveyor, and a pan became stuck. The worker climbed under the machine to free it, and became tangled in the moving conveyor. By the time the machine was shut off and he was freed, he suffered fatal injuries.

Take home: Temporary workers are at increased risk. Their training may not cover the level of detail needed to deal with an odd event, such as a pan getting stuck in a conveyor. And they may not fully understand when to call for help, and try to fix it themselves. The result, as in this case, can be tragic.

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