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Accident: 127575.015 - Employee Is Caught And Killed When Ribbon Blender Starts Up

Accident: 127575.015 -- Report ID: 0625400 -- Event Date: 07/06/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1482381.01507/06/2020Bentoli Inc.
At 10:53 a.m. on July 6, 2020, an employee was working for a manufacturer of far m supplies. The firm manufactured additive for feed. The firm had two ribbon ble nders or mixing machines on the production floor. They were designated AA and AB . The employee was cleaning out blender AB with rags. The ribbon blender he was cleaning had a hopper or trough. It was approximately 1.04 meters (41 inches) wi de, 1.57 meters (62 inches) long, and approximately 1.22 meters (48 inches) deep . The top of the hopper started approximately 0.91 meters (36 inches) off the wo rking platform. An object approximately 180 millimeters (7 inches) from the top of the hopper would come into contact with the blades. The ribbon mixer blades t ook up almost all the space in the hopper. The machine's 480-volt disconnect had been locked out a few days earlier by a coworker who had found his son in the m achine. The coworker took his son out and put a lock on the disconnect. The cowo rker informed the supervisor that the key for the lock was at home. The coworker drove home and got the key. When he returned, he took the lock off disconnect a nd, not thinking, activated the knife switch to the 'on' position. The employee was still cleaning the mixer when the machine started up. He was caught in the b lades of the ribbon blender. He suffered lacerations, contusions, and fractures. He was killed. Pressurized air presented another form of hazardous energy.
Keywords: air pressure, caught in, cleaning, contusion, disconnecting means, fracture, laceration, lockout, lockout/tagout, mixer, mixer blade, training
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1482381.015 36 M Fatality Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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