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Accident: 820340 - Employee Killed When Struck By Chipping Machine Wheel Guard

Accident: 820340 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 07/18/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10969163408/03/19940783Palm Beach Arbor Care
Employee #1 turned off a chipping machine and climbed on top of the equipment to remove a jam in the discharge chute. He removed the pin that held the cover in place and attempted to remove the cover while the chopper was still turning at a relatively high rpm. The cover, which is heavy and quite awkward to handle, slipped and fell into the turning wheel. It was kicked back upward and struck Employee #1 in the chest, killing him.
Keywords: kick back, maintenance, cover, work rules, jammed, lockout, chipper, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109691634 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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