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Accident: 200340057 - Employee Injured When Caught Between Baler Rollers

Accident: 200340057 -- Report ID: 0523900 -- Event Date: 10/05/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10605274902/25/19992429American Excelsior Company
Employee #1 was between the rollers of an 8 ft baler while an electrician was completing service work on the main power control box. The electrician had locked out the entire 480-volt main power line. When he reenergized it, the baler's PLC (programmable logic controller) rebooted and went to its 'start' or 'ready' position, which included the rollers being down or closed. Employee #1's back was to the upper roller and he did not see it lowering until he became caught and was crushed between the rollers. He sustained injuries that required hospitalization. Employee #1 had not unplugged or locked out the baler before getting between the rollers.
Keywords: maintenance, work rules, descending, lockout, roller--mach/part, caught between, crushed, baler, communication, machine--misc
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106052749 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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