Removing Guards

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We recently had an incident at another facility where there was a jam on a machine and the operator could not easily access some of the product jammed in the counter-ejector area through the movable interlock guard. To reach that area they had to remove a fixed position guard.

During clearing of the jam and while working in the unguarded area, the machine started and his little finger was caught by the belt pulling his arm into the machine. He pulled away and the result was a dislocation to his shoulder.

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