Failure to Lock Out Conveyor Leads to Man's Death in Dryer
Following an investigation into the death of a 34-year-old man servicing an industrial conveyor dryer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Milwaukee area office cited Crothall Laundry Services, Oak Creek, Wis., for six serious safety violations.
The man was severely injured on August 13, 2015, when the conveyor system propelled the employee into an industrial dryer and he became trapped. He died of his injuries on August 27. Inspectors determined the dryer's conveyor should have been made inoperable.
OSHA cited the industrial laundry for six violations:
- Energy isolating devices for the control of hazardous energy were not used on dryers and conveyors.
- Specific procedures for the control of hazardous energy were not developed for dyers and conveyors.
- The company failed to inspect energy-control procedures at least annually.
- Workers were not trained on the methods and means necessary for energy isolation.
- The company exposed workers to fall hazards because a guardrail system or other alternative fall protection system was not in place for workers on an elevated conveyor system.
- Improper use of fiberglass ladders.
"This man's untimely death would easily have been prevented if Crothall Laundry had utilized procedures to prevent the conveyor belt from operating while the worker was conducting servicing," said Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee. The company was fined $41,200.