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Man Falls into Meat Grinder and Dies

Should anyone fall into an operating meat grinder?  No!  We have developed standards over the years to keep workers from falling into grinders, mixers, and other hazardous equipment.  But many companies don’t take the time to really follow the standards because they think it is expensive.  One injury or fatality can be expensive enough to a business to bankrupt it, not to mention the devastation to a family.


In April a man in Oregon fell into a meat grinder and was killed before co-workers could hit the emergency shut-down.  OSHA Standard 1910.212 describes “Types of Guarding” as:
Types of guarding. One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Examples of guarding methods are-barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.
Take the time this week to walk-through your workplace and identify machines that require guarding.  Look for missing, removed, and damaged guards that may allow access to the machine, this is a hazard and must be controlled.  During your walk-through you feel that professional help may be needed, email me at: and I will be glad to help you find the people that can help.
Creating a safe workplace is everyone’s responsibility and we are all  in this together.  Let me know how we can help.
Be Safe!
Carl Potter, CSP

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