A blower used to exhaust air from an industrial process stopped functioning when the blower wheel drive shaft fractured. The process, and thereby most of the plant, had to operate at a reduced volume until the blower wheel could be replaced. The blower wheel had been installed during a shutdown a week before the incident. The blower wheel was a spare installed when the existing blower wheel was sent for scheduled remanufacturing. Read More
I recently worked on an interesting case involving a box baler. An employee of a butcher shop put some empty cardboard boxes in a vertical box baler and pushed the control switch to compact the boxes. After the 30 by 60 inch platen weighing 851 pounds returned to its raised position, the employee reached into the open space above the bottom door on the baler and began to clear cardboard from the bale tie slots in the bottom of the raised platen. Suddenly, and without warning, the steel pin attaching the platen to the raised hydraulic cylinder rod failed. The heavy steel platen fell and crushed his arm which was outstretched over the baler door into the compaction space.