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Accident: 202468252 - Employee Is Crushed And Killed By Cardboard Baler

Accident: 202468252 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 10/23/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31243467310/23/20097699Micro Solutions Enterprises
On October 23, 2009, Employee #1 was operating a large, 30-foot-long industrial baler, which had a compaction area and a baling area. According to a percipient witness, Employee #1 entered the charging area, the unprotected danger zone, which is approximately 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep by 4 feet high. The baler had a light beam that triggered the ram when the charging area was full. The bailing area was completely full, and the baler ram came forward and crushed Employee #1 against the compacted cardboard. Employee #2, who was nearby, heard Employee #1's cries for help. Employee #2 went to the machine and pushed the stop button for the ram. Employee #1 was killed at the scene. No one witnessed the actual incident or knew why Employee #1 entered the charging area.
Keywords: lockout, crushed, baler, struck by, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312434673 Fatality Other Compressing and compacting machine operators

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