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Accident: 944389 - Employee Killed When Struck In Chest By Board

Accident: 944389 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/31/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
301350509/01/19882511Dixie Furniture, Inc. - Lexington Plant
At approximately 10:55 a.m. on August 31, 1988, Employee #1 was relieving Employee #2, the off bearer of a ripsaw, of duty. A Diehl model SL52 ripsaw, which was located 125 in. behind Employee #2, ejected a board 52 in. long by 2 in. wide by 1 1/8 in. thick through its safety kickback fingers. The board traveled through the air approximately 43 1/2 in. high and passed between Employee #2's inside lower left arm and body. Employee #2 was facing away from the machine. The board abraded his arm, landed on the saw table, bounced up, and hit Employee #1 in the upper chest, rupturing his heart. He was killed. The accident was caused by lack of operator training on how to set up the Diehl ripsaw according to the manufacturer's written recommendations for board thickness, and improper maintenance of safety kickback fingers.
Keywords: board, heart, inadequate maint, work rules, rupture, saw, abrasion, struck by, flying object, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3013505 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Sawing machine operators
2 3013505 Fatality Other Sawing machine operators

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