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21-year-old Worker Recovers from a Serious Workplace Crushing Accident in Denison, TX – Part 2

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
English: A web-fed, offset printing press in u...

English: A web-fed, offset printing press in use to print a newspaper. The plate cylinder, visible at bottom with ink, contains the image in positive form and transfers it to an offset cylinder that then deposits the ink on the page. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Denison, Texas, on February 3, 2016, 21-year-old Dylan Herd was performing maintenance on a metal press at his place of employment, Champion Coolers, when his hand became crushed. Emergency responders have since been credited with saving his hand. Herd was initially transported by ambulance to a Plano hospital and was then flown to a Dallas hospital. He has since undergone two surgeries. More surgery is to come, but he is expected to fully recover from the significant injuries he suffered.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) frequently releases information about specific types of workplace hazards. In one release entitled “Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations,” there are examples of various workplace hazards that have caused serious or fatal injuries. The following are examples of serious crushing injuries involving machinery:

  • An offset printing press operator was using a rag in an attempt to remove dried ink on a moving roller. The guard that was supposed to be covering the lower ink train rollers had been flipped up, which exposed the rollers. The rag got caught in a nearby roller and pulled the worker’s hand into the in-going nip point. The employee managed to hit the press stop button immediately, but the roller rotated a half turn before coming to a complete stop. The employees hand was crushed and was later amputated at a hospital.
  • A worker was stamping mailbox parts in an unguarded 10-ton full-revolution mechanical power press while using a hand tool to load the press. While repositioning a misaligned part, she place her left hand in the lower die. At the same time, she accidentally depressed the foot pedal, which activated the press and crushed her left index finger.

See Part 1 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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