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Accident: 14214035 - Caught In Rotating Shaft

Accident: 14214035 -- Report ID: 0454713 -- Event Date: 07/24/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1517720707/25/19843691Duracell Inc
Employee #1 was preparing to do routine cleaning on a Bliss 1300, 25-ton extrusion press in the power room section of a warehouse. Employee #1 apparently reached over or under a 1.5-inch diameter by 74.75-inch long horizontal drive shaft. The shaft, which powered the Perry unit on the press, was mounted 13 inches above the floor and 9 inches in front of the machine. She was trying to reach a vacuum hose used for cleaning. The hose was stored under the press. The drive shaft was powered by a 50-horsepower motor and rotated at 93 rpm. It had a 6-inch love universal-type joint type coupling unit at one end (nearest employee), with a set screw protruding 7/16 inch at a keyway, 5.75 inches from the end nearest the Perry unit. The employee was wearing long-sleeved coveralls, gloves, and a shower-cap-type head covering. The employee's clothing apparently got caught by the key on the rotating shaft, drawing her into a 10-inch-high by 24-inch-long space between shaft and the concrete floor. She was killed.
Keywords: clothing, rotating shaft, cleaning, set screw
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15177207 Fatality Fracture Extruding and forming machine operators

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