Worker gets entangled in machinery

by on February 4, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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A Massachusetts man lost his life after becoming entangled in a rotary turbine engine. Police identify the victim as 35-year old Victor Gerena, an 18-year veteran of the Sea Watch International Seafood Company in New Bedford.

Authorities say Gerena was flushing a shellfish shucking machine when the accident occurred. Emergency crews dismantled parts of the machinery in order to free Gerena, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHA is investigating the incident. Details are sketchy and it’s unknown whether this was a lockout problem, a machine guarding problem, or whether the worker’s clothing was pulled into the rotating equipment.

Remember: Workers who clean machinery are at special risk for unexpected machine startups, and also are exposed to other hazards, such as moving parts, sharp edges and the like.

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