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Accident: 202506523 - Employee'S Leg Is Injured By Baler Ram

Accident: 202506523 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 04/25/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31106945404/28/20085093Pleasant Paper Recycling, Inc
On April 25, 2008, Employee #1 was operating a horizontal baler to bale aluminum cans. Employee #1 used a forklift to dump a load of cans into the baler chamber. The baler ram could not advance forward and over the cans because the baler was overloaded with cans that were stacked too high. Employee #1 climbed on top of the baler and onto the cans to push them down with a tire rim. When the cans were pushed down far enough, the ram activated, moved forward across the baler chamber, and crushed Employee #1's leg. The rim used to push the cans may have saved Employee #1's life because it stopped the ram from advancing further and causing more injuries. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: lockout, crushed, point of operation, baler, struck by, leg, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311069454 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, material moving equipment operators

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