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A Chinese man died yesterday when his head was crushed by a rubber moulding hydraulic press machine he was repairing at a tire factory in Rayong province in eastern Thailand. At 7.56pm, a 35 year old Chinese mechanic was repairing the machine when something went wrong and the press came down and crushed his head. The …

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It is not something happened suddenly. He might not have bled the hydraulic system and use proper metal support to prevent the press from coming down. So while working the hydraulic pressure which is holding the press might have gone weaker and the press came down crushing him. Alternatively if there is a detection sensor which he might have failed to de-activate before putting his head into the press, which could have detected his head as an object and might have been activated. Murphy's law.....things that are ment to fail will fail

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Something went wrong, such as the hydraulic Press not being rendered safe to work on and nobody following safe work procedures or lockout/tagout. Nobody can crush your head if you have locked the machine out with your personal lock and with that machine in a safe state to work on. Plenty of times where I have locked out and then tried to energize the machine in order to prove that the isolation has been done effectively and that the machine is in fact safe. The same with working on piping and making sure that it is de-pressurized or bled and purged. I found the Chinese worse than Thais in regards to understanding ( or wanting to understand ) and using lock out, tag out type safety preparation.

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