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Entanglement in moving or rotating machinery

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has published incident 11-13 as a timely reminder of the risks of entanglement in moving or rotating machinery. In this instance, a crew member’s hair became entangled with a rotating propeller shaft as the crew member was on watch and conducting rounds. The crew member sustained life-threatening injuries and was permanently disfigured.

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