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Accident: 200090157 - Employee Killed When Crushed By Falling Dryer

Accident: 200090157 -- Report ID: 0112300 -- Event Date: 10/15/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30009869610/15/19981731Little Rhody Machine Repair Inc
Employee #1 was cleaning underneath a large industrial dryer that had been raised using air pressure and four air cylinders Four floor jacks had then been placed under the machine in case the air cylinders failed. While Employee #1 was cleaning, a coworker was replacing an air valve, so the air was shut off. Usually once the cleaning is done, the floor jacks are removed and the machine is lowered using the air cylinders. Employee #1 apparently forgot that the air had been shut off and he began using a hammer to bang out the floor jacks. When the jacks at the back of the dryer had been removed, the unit dropped because there was no air pressure holding it up. Employee #1 was crushed and killed.
Keywords: air pressure, hoisting mechanism, unsecured, cleaning, construction, caught between, crushed, falling object, jack, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300098696 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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