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Accident: 96664.015 - Employee Is Struck By Robot Arm And Sustains Fractured Stern

Accident: 96664.015 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 01/17/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1207700.01502/03/2017Plastic Express
At 1:30 a.m. on January 17, 2017, Employee #1 was operating a forklift, removing stacked and wrapped bag pallets from a pallet wrapper. A Fuji-Ace Mechanical R obot was used to load pallet bags onto wood pallets on a conveyor, which moved t he loading stack to a pallet wrapper. When completed, the employee then moved th e plasticized pallet to storage within the facility. The employee witnessed the robot arm that was feeding pallet bags onto the wood pallets on the conveyor, st rike a pallet bag, loosening a hose on the robot hand and causing a mechanical i ssue that stopped the loading process. Employee #1 climbed onto the stopped conv eyor and walked into the caged robot arm area to reconnect the loose hose on the robots hand. As he proceeded toward the hose, the robot arm engaged, striking E mployee #1 in the chest area, and causing a broken sternum and 2 broken ribs. Th e employee was hospitalized and treated for his injures.
Keywords: arm, conveyor, fracture, hose, lockout, pallet, palletized cargo, powered industrial vehicle, rib, robot, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1207700.015 37 M Hospitalized injury

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