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Accident: 202088605 - Employee Is Paralyzed When Machinery Unexpectedly Starts Up

Accident: 202088605 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 02/19/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31160222102/22/20083714International Automotive Components Group N.A. Inc
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on February 19, 2008, an employee was working for a firm that manufactured automotive carpeting. The carpet being produced by one cell was misaligned when it was being sent on at a transfer point. The employee waited at the carpet unloading area until the machine's cycle was complete. When the cycle was complete, the carpet unloading zone's presence-sensing devices were muted. With the presence-sensing devices disabled, the employee entered the caged area where robots and other moving machinery were positioned. The employee stood on the rotating carousel, stationary at the time, to observe and inspect the suspected cause of the carpet's misalignment. Because the presence sensing devices did not detect anyone's presence, the machinery and carousel activated. When the carousel started to rotate, the employee fell onto the carousel, sustaining the permanent paralysis of his lower extremities.
Keywords: maintenance, paralysis, rotating parts, lockout, fall, mech mat handling, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311602221 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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