On November 19, 1996, a 25-year-old female pug mill operator at a brick manufacturing plant was killed after her clothing became caught in a rotating shaft. She was strangled as the rotating shaft tightened her clothing around her neck, restricting her airway. In order to prevent similar incidents from occurring, FACE investigators recommend:
- Machines with rotating parts should have guards to prevent worker contact
- Employers should designate a competent person to conduct regular safety inspections and coordinate routine safety and injury prevention meetings
- Employers should provide a kill switch (panic bar) within reach of the pug mill that stops the rotation and allows free movement of the shaft
- Employers should install a hand rail around the platform where pug mill operators stand
- Employers should instruct employees not to wear loosefitting clothes near moving parts
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, "Pug Mill Operator Killed after Entanglement" (1997). Fatality Case Reports--Other. 24.