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Accident: 127637.015 - Employee Is Killed When Sawmill Chain Conveyor Starts Up

Accident: 127637.015 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 07/07/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1482378.01507/08/2020Conner Holdings Llc
At 5:15 p.m. on July 7, 2020, an employee was working at a sawmill. He was placi ng sticks on stacks of lumber that were stacked by the stacker machine, when it started to rain. A coworker stopped the machine and said to the employee that th ey should both go to a shed. The employee stayed behind on a platform by an elec trical disconnect panel near the platform stairs. After everyone else had left t he area, the employee climbed down under an unscrambler through an opening by th e disconnect panel. The employee then sat on a chain conveyor. When the rain sto pped, the other workers began to return to the stacker. One of them started the machine again. The employee was still sitting on the conveyor when the machine c ame on. The conveyor pulled the employee against the back of the machine. He suf fered multiple fractures. He died from the injuries he received.
Keywords: caught by, caught in, conveyor, drag chain conveyor, fracture, guardrail, lockout, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, sawmill
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1482378.015 55 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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