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Accident: 125118.015 - Employee Is Killed When Hopper Inadvertently Starts

Accident: 125118.015 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 03/30/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1471437.01503/30/2020Southern Field Maintenance And Fabrication, L.L.C.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 30, 2020, an employee, a contractor, was wo rking with coworker #1. They were conducting preventative maintenance on Hopper 8 of Dust Collector System 2 while coworker #2 and coworker #3 were conducting the same activity on Hopper 8 of Dust Collector System 3 at the host site's faci lity. Due to excess material in Dust Collector 3 that was preventing the activi ty, coworker #2 reported the issue to a host site employee and stated that Hoppe r 8 Dust Collector System 3 would need to be unlocked and run for a while. Then , the host site employee unlocked Hopper 8 of Dust Collector System 2 instead of what coworker #2 had recommended. Hopper 8 of Dust Collector System 2 inadvert ently started while the employee was reaching inside to change out the bearings of the paddle conveyor and was caught-in the paddle conveyor as it started movin g. The employee was pulled into the hopper and entangled around the paddle conv eyor, and was killed.
Keywords: caught in, conveyor, entangled, hopper
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1471437.015 30 M Fatality Engineering technicians, n.e.c.

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