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Posted by mike on 2000/5/19 0:00:00 (746) reads



A Jeep worker was killed an assembly plant accident on May 17 at DaimlerChrylser's Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio. Here's a snipped of what The Toldeo Blade is reporting:

Safety officials yesterday began an investigation into a workplace accident that claimed the life of a worker at DaimlerChrysler AG's Toledo Jeep assembly plant. Among points under study are contentions that a conveyer line suddenly lurched to life as 50-year-old Lazaro Fuentes made repairs.

Mr. Fuentes, a skilled trades worker at the Jeep Parkway plant for 12 years, died Wednesday afternoon when he was pulled into a conveyer system used to assemble side panels of auto bodies. He was replacing a valve on a robotic machine on the line at the time of the accident.

The fatality was the fourth in 17 years. A company spokesman in Auburn Hills, Mich., declined comment on accounts from workers who suggested that Mr. Fuentes and co-workers cut electricity to the assembly line before beginning repairs but that somehow the machine became operational.

The article goes on to say that an investigation is underway. It is the 4th death at the plant in the last 20 years.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Don Weller
We learned very early in Navy Nuclear Power that two things are necessary to prevent ALL such accidents. You must have a system that physically bars (or at least delays) the undesired action AND a system that tracks all such work administratively. For the former we used padlocks, locking cylinders (for valves), switch blocks, etc. For the latter we used a "Red Tag" system that every worker knew could NEVER be violated except by deliberate executive action (in writing).

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: bess
my condolences to the family. how soon will the results become known? if the information given is accurate, it seems that the equipment shouldn't have become operational. it appears that frequent training is necessary to avoid these deadly accidents. perhaps more locks need to be put in place, just in case others are unaware of a shutdown due to repairs.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: john
here is my comment
That person that died was probably putting my 2000 wrangler together because it caugt fire for no apparent reason

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MFS
here is my comment:As a Jeep owner & Electrician (l.u.617)I wish to remind everone, LOCK OFF! TAG OFF! ALWAYS!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: 90XJ
Perhaps the ghosts of Jeep past do not want to see the end of XJ production at the original plant in Toledo and this is their way of getting our attention...anyone else find it strange that a conveyor with it's power cut suddenly came to life?
Ok, so maybe that's a little far fetched, but I'd like to think that if there are ghosts of Jeep past they'd be pissed about IFS.
My condolences to the family of a valuable employee, may he forever be remembered as a part of Jeep history.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Alan G
It appears that the proper safety precautions weren't taken. If the electricity was indeed cut off, steps should have been taken so that it doesn't come on unexpectedly. In my opinion, this death was not an accident. Instead it was the result of negligence.
At the company I work for we have conveyor systems that periodically need maintenance or repair. When ever a repair is done, the electricity to that portion is cut off at a switch box and padlocked so that no one except for the person who cut the power is able to switch the power back on. There is usually a notice posted that the power is locked for maintenance or repair of some portion of the conveyor system. Every employee is reminded of this procedure on a monthly basis.
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