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Defective machine causes injury. An 851-pound platen inside of a baler used to crush cardboard fell on top of an employee, crushing his arm. This photo shows the baler after the incident occurred. (Photo: The Warren Group)

An employee of a butcher shop put some empty cardboard boxes in a vertical box baler and pushed the control switch to compact the boxes. After the 30 x 60-inch platen weighing 851 pounds returned to its raised position, the employee reached into the open space above the bottom door on the baler and began to clear cardboard from the bale tie slots in the bottom of the raised platen.

Suddenly, and without warning, the steel pin attaching the platen to the raised hydraulic cylinder rod failed. The heavy steel platen fell and crushed his arm, which was outstretched over the baler door into the compaction space.

 

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