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

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