The National : JULY - AUGUST 2016
36 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JULY AUGUST 2016 one knew of the training manual which detailed it. • In Australia in 2006, ten years ago, we had our first and only fatality. I hope it is our last. A man was cleaning the front chest of the ironer, which was travelling at 45 metres a minutes. His glove snagged and he was dragged into the machine, a hinged chest. He was Vietnamese, had been at the laundry for sev- eral months, but it was observed from cctv footage that he had performed this task before, and no one had told him not to. Ironers should never ever be cleaned while they are in motion. • In2007amaninalaundry climbed onto a conveyor belt containing going into a dryer. It had bunched up and jammed and he stood on it, stomping it. It gave way and went into the dryer, and he went with it. No one saw it happen. • In 2011 at a dryclean plant in Queens, NY, a lady died when her scarf pulled her into a return feed ironer and strangled her. • In 2015 a man fell through the top of a dryer and died from horrific injuries. No safety stop mechanism on the machine. “These five deaths were all unnecessary, all preventable. “Every single month I see people doing stupid things, and I say something and stop them. And I tell management before I leave. “My concern is that laundries around Australia are still very complacent. “An accident at your plant is not just a tragedy, horrible for morale. Financially you Bill Crotty and Bob Maslin caught up. Doug Ash, Guy Reeves and Rod Atkinson enjoying the latest goss.
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