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Accident: 200270742 - Employee Killed By Hydraulic Ram In Molding Machine

Accident: 200270742 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 09/29/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30350874109/30/20003366Mueller Water Products, Inc.
Employee #1, a second shift maintenance mechanic, was tightening bolts on the flask alignment fixture on the automatic punch-out unit, a normal maintenance procedure for this molding machine. He positioned himself inside the hopper, below the hydraulic punch-out ram, to access the alignment fixture. Apparently, as he was working, the punch-out ram lowered onto his neck and he became caught between the mold plates. Employee #1 died of asphyxia. The hydraulic punch-out ram was neither blocked nor otherwise restrained to prevent downward drifting.
Keywords: hydraulic ram, maintenance, unsecured, blocks, molding machine, work rules, lockout, caught between, neck, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303508741 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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