The individual was clearing a blockage at the head-end of a conveyor when he missed his footing and fell heavily banging his back against an upright girder, badly winding himself and bruising his back. He lost 4 days off work as a result.
The route cause of the accident was due to missing cooler crusher picks and pick boxes, also a damaged and missing plate over the cooler grid-bars - resulting in large pieces of ash bypassing the crusher causing blockages further downstream in the conveying system. In addition, housekeeping was less than ideal around the conveyor head-end where the employee was clearing the offending material in the chute.
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-The cooler crusher has been replaced and new plates have been installed over the grid-bars, thus eliminating the possibility of large pieces of ash migrating down the finished product route, therefore reducing the possibility of blockages in the transfer chutes.
-There is also an ongoing housekeeping regime around the concerned conveyor head-end.
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