Tragic reminder on clearing equipment

by on April 14, 2015 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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Machinery gets jammed. For a worker that means an irritating delay. But from a safety perspective, that means the degree of danger just rose. A tragic case in point: A worker in a Pennsylvania printing company lost his life after trying to clear a clogged book-baler.

Rescue workers found the worker under a pile of books, which had poured into the baler once the worker had removed the obstruction. The worker was not crushed to death, but suffered a heart attack, probably related to the injuries and the stress, and died later at a hospital.

In cases like this, workers need to think about what will happen after they clear a jam. Sometimes parts will snap into place; other times backed-up materials will flow through a cleared passage.

Bottom line: When a machine jams, workers need to step back, take a deep breath, and follow safety procedures for unclearing the machine.

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