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Accident: 694042 - Employee Killed When Caught In Depalletizer

Accident: 694042 -- Report ID: 0355118 -- Event Date: 04/21/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1737259004/23/19862086Pepsi Cola/Dr. Pepper Of Roanoke, Inc.
At approximately 8:25 a.m. on April 21, 1986, Employee #1 was observed picking up empty 2- liter soft drink containers around a Hartness International depalletizer machine. The machine traveled back and forth on a track system picking up empty 2-liter bottles from pallets and transporting them to a conveyor system, where the bottles were dropped to be washed and rinsed. Employee #1 apparently attempted to retrieve a 2-liter bottle that had fallen off the pallet inside the machine. As the machine traveled back to retrieve more bottles, he became caught between the machine and one of the travels' track leg supports. Employee #1 died as a result of multiple skull fractures.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, work rules, cleaning, lockout, caught between, skull, conveyor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17372590 Fatality Fracture Production helpers

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