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Accident: 143485.015 - Employee Is Killed When Caught In Debaler Machine

Accident: 143485.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 01/21/2022
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1574569.01501/24/2022495375281 - South East Grinding Llc
At 12:30 p.m. on January 21, 2022, Employee #1 and two coworkers were trying to realign a bale of recycled plastic bottles that was turned wrong, causing the de clumper (blades) to jam on the Debaler machine (Serial Number 1533.10.0603, Mod el Number BBU .90). The bale was approximately 64 inches in length, height was 3 0 inches, and width was 47.48 inches. The bale's weight was approximately 1000 t o 1400 pounds. As Employee #1 and another coworker were trying to turn the bale , the conveyor belt and blades were still moving. A half of a blade diameter was approximately eight and a half inches, and five inches in width. The piece of t he blade that stuck out and actually dug into the bales to sort plastic bottles into pieces was approximately an inch and a fourth of an inch. After approximat ely 15 - 20 minutes of trying to clear the jam, Employee #1 and another coworker started to turn the bale. Employee #1 was on the side of the bale that was clos est to the blades (declumper). Employee #1 contacted the blades (declumper). Emp loyee #1's clothing was loose and the blades (declumper) caught the clothing, an d Employee #1's foot was caught in the blades (declumper), causing Employee #1's body to be rolled into the blades. There were four rows of blades at the declum per, and Employee #1 was caught within the first two. A coworker ran to the emer gency stop button on the Debaler operator's control panel and hit the E-Stop but ton and also pulled the Emergency Cord near the declumper. Employee #1 was kill ed at the scene due to crushing and chopping injuries to the lower extremities.
Keywords: bale, baler, blade, caught between, caught by, caught in, clothing, conveyor belt, crushed, foot, jammed, pulled in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1574569.015 56 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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