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Accident: 14392971 - Struck In Head By Flying Chipper Lid

Accident: 14392971 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 11/12/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
192162604/18/19852441Clear Creek Lumber Co
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING AT THE CHIPPER ON THE AFTERNOON OF NOVEMBER 12, 1984. KNOTTY OAK LOGS WERE BEING RUN THROUGH THE MILL. AFTER A SLAB HUNG UP IN THE CHIPPER, EMPLOYEE #1 CROSSED OVER A CONVEYOR TO GET TO THE JAM. WHILE HE WAS APPROACHING THE CHIPPER, IT IS ASSUMED THAT A LARGE WOOD KNOT GOT CAUGHT IN THE CHIPPER. THIS FORCED THE KNIVES TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE LID, BREAKING THE WELD WHICH HELD THE LID IN PLACE. THE LID SHOT OUTWARD, STRIKING EMPLOYEE #1 ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS HEAD. HE WAS KILLED. THE CHIPPER HAD RECENTLY BEEN REWORKED OR UPDATED ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS, BUT THE LID HAD NOT BEEN REPLACED. SINCE THE ACCIDENT THE CHIPPER HAS AGAIN BEEN REWORKED; THIS TIME THE LID HAS BEEN COMPLETELY WELDED ONTO THE CHIPPER. THE INSIDE IS NOW SMOOTH SO THAT THE KNIVES CANNOT HANG UP ON A KNOT OR OTHER OBSTRUCTION.
Keywords: head, maintenance, jammed, chipper, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1921626 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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