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Accident: 14528038 - Employee Killed When Caught By Rotating Shaft

Accident: 14528038 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 12/02/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10110515312/03/19872074Leland Oil Mill
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on December 2, 1987, Employee #1 and a coworker were exiting the basement of a cottonseed oil mill where they had been cleaning up cotton lint and other residue. A witness stated that Employee #1 was attempting to go over or under a horizontal 2 13/32 in. diameter rotating shaft located 33 in. above the floor. The unguarded shaft was rotating at slightly less than 400 rpm. Evidently the front portion of Employee #1's coattail was caught in the shaft, and he and the coat were wrapped around the shaft. Employee #1 suffered a 1 in. separation of his spine and other traumatic injuries. His body was removed from the shaft by the coroner, and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:15 p.m.
Keywords: clothing, rotating shaft, spine, work rules, caught by, back, mill--plant, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101105153 Fatality Dislocation Occupation not reported

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