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Accident: 920090 - Employee Crushed And Killed In Drag Elevator

Accident: 920090 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 12/16/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10695222912/17/19912033Caulkins Indiantown Citrus Company
Employee #1 had been instructed to clean the pit area around a drag elevator. The fruit conveyor system had been turned off, but not de-energized for servicing purposes. Employee #1 shut off the nearest circuit breaker box, entered the drag elevator, and started removing debris and leaves from the wooden plats. However, the unlabeled breaker box controlled the crossover belt but not the drag elevator. Meanwhile, servicing of the grade table had been completed and verbal instructions were given to return the conveyor system to operation. Employee #1 was caught under the 10 in. diameter sprocket wheel, crushed between the wooden platforms of the elevator, and killed. The accident was not witnessed by the coworkers who discovered Employee #1.
Keywords: platform, drag chain conveyor, work rules, cleaning, caught by, lockout, started in gear, crushed, sprocket, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106952229 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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