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Accident: 200776524 - Employees Are Injured In Rotating Equipment

Accident: 200776524 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 09/27/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31587192110/03/20115093Prolerized New England Dba Schnitzer Northeast
On September 27, 2011, Employees #1 and #2, with a metal recycling facility, were repairing a "trommel" (a piece of equipment used to screen scrap metals by size and send them to various conveyor belts). The trommel is an enclosed horizontal tube that rotates and is approximately 50 ft long and 10 ft in diameter with an opening at one end for material to fall onto a conveyor. Reportedly, the employees had deenergized the trommel to conduct the first repair and then reenergized it to rotate it and facilitate a second repair. When they were not successful getting the pendant to "jog" the trammel, a third employee was sent for assistance from a manager. Employees #1 and #2 entered the trammel, which then began to rotate. Upon hearing them call for help, the third employee shut down the machine and summoned assistance. Employees #1 and #2 were transported to Mass General Hospital. Employee #1 was treated for a head laceration and released. Employee #2 was admitted for injuries to his head, hands, ribs, hips and legs. These injuries included unspecified fracture(s). All employees had been trained in lockout/tagout and confined space. The employer failed to obtain hot work or confined space permits for the job.
Keywords: fracture, head, rotating parts, repair, confined space, lockout, laceration, scrap metal, conveyor, rib
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315871921 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 315871921 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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