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Accident: 202313946 - Employee Is Impaled By Baler Processor Machine

Accident: 202313946 -- Report ID: 0950612 -- Event Date: 08/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11969180611/24/20034953Monterey City Disposal Service, Inc
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on August 29, 2003, Employee #1 was attempting to un-jam a baler and compactor processor machine. He was actually inside of machine, which did not have a lockout and tag-out program. Nor did it have any other form de-energizing protocol in place. The ambient noise of the immediate work area drowned out any verbal communication, so hand signals were developed for communication, and were replied upon. At certain point, Employee #1 hand signaled to turn the machine off, and then bent further into machinery to perform his task. The hand signal was misread, and the area supervisor, pushed the "on" button. Employee #1 was impaled by the hydraulic cylinder through his chest wall. He was hospitalized and treated for his injures.
Keywords: impaled, baler
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119691806 Hospitalized injury Puncture Graders and sorters, except agricultural

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