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Accident: 24395.015 - Employee Is Struck By Elevator And Later Dies

Accident: 24395.015 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 07/27/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
546279.01507/30/2012Atw Automation, Inc.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 27, 2012, Employee #1, an electrician, was pl acing a 208 Volt AC single-phase electrical plug on a flexible cord. He was work ing with two coworkers (both control assembly engineers) on a pole core assembly machine (a machine built for an automated automotive product line). Employee #1 crouched underneath an elevator conveyor consisting of four rollers (powered by air, 90 psi) in the raised position in the rear of the machine and added a 208 Volt AC single phase plug to go on the robot controller located in the rear of t he machine. There were two sets of conveyor rollers, one on the bottom and one o n the top and the elevator conveyor covers four rollers which moves up and down to move trays in and out of the machine. The coworkers were at the front of the machine and working at a table with two laptops tied into the programmable logic controller to load program data for the machine parts to move. When the machine powered down for the downloading of a program, one of the coworkers released th e air from the machine and when he did this the elevator conveyor moved downward and pinned Employee #1 between the two conveyors. Employee #1 suffered a broken spine and other fractures to his upper body and died a week later at a local ho spital. The investigation determined the employer had not provided training to t heir employees on safe procedures when working with the equipment involved in th e incident.
Keywords: elevator, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, material handling, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 546279.015 58 M Fatality Electricians

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