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Accident: 565218 - Employee Killed When Caught In Head Saw

Accident: 565218 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 03/08/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11035477603/14/19942421Lynn Sawmill
Employee #1, a sawyer, was straddling the saw blade and sitting on a block while hand filing a head saw from the off side. The saw was belt driven by a 290 Cummins engine. An engaging lever had been de-energized from the engine, but the engine remained in idle. Coworkers were cleaning up while waiting for him. When one shoveled sawdust into a dust box, the shovel contacted the engaging lever, which re-engaged the saw, killing Employee #1. A lockout program did not exist.
Keywords: maintenance, sawyer, work rules, control lever, struck against, caught by, lockout, saw, shovel
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110354776 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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