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Accident: 170080287 - Employee Killed When Caught In Rotating Power Shaft

Accident: 170080287 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 11/05/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30198754111/06/19970139Earl Roy Produce
Employee #1 was with a crew of agricultural workers on the deck of a sweet potato digger, sorting the sweet potatoes as they came up the conveyor. For some reason, Employee #1 left the platform and went to the back of the tractor pulling the digger. His pants became caught in an unguarded, 3 ft long power take-off shaft that was spinning at 540 rpm. Employee #1 suffered massive trauma and was killed instantly. His pants were loose-fitting and made of parachute-type material.
Keywords: clothing, rotating shaft, agriculture, work rules, farm machinery, caught by, power take-off, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301987541 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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