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Accident: 201622628 - Employee Is Killed When Crushed By Machine

Accident: 201622628 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 10/13/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31217943510/14/20082436Pacific Wood Laminates Inc

On October 13, 2008, an employee was operating a machine called the paint booth. A unit of plywood was put onto the transfer chains to begin the automatic cycle. The plywood first ran through the machine using a series of electric eyes. The unit of plywood went through the hydraulic devices that straighten the ends of the unit and then transferred the unit down the chain to the panel straightener. This device is designed to square the sides of the unit of plywood. As the plywood entered the machine, the employee reached in to clean an electric eye. As he reached in, the panel straightener cycled catching the employee with the straightening arms, which are hydraulically operated, crushing the employee against the plywood. After a short time, the arms were released by a coworker.

Keywords: caught by, hydraulic cylinder, wood panel, crushed, arm, paint booth

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312179435 Fatality Fracture Miscellaneous woodworking machine operators

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