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Wednesday, July 26, 2006


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(31 July 1995, Christchurch, New Zealand) An ice-maker may seem innocuous, but when it's big enough to walk into -- for example, one that supplies ice to fishing boats -- it can be so dangerous that safety procedures and fail-safe devices are required. So it was a bit of a surprise when employees at afish processing plant heard screams emanating from inside the giant ice-maker.

An employee had been running the machine when the flow of ice jammed. Access to the machine's auger chamber was restricted, and employees are trained never to enter the chamber while the auger is running. It would be easy enough to ignore the warning signs, but it is hard to get around another safety feature: the auger will not run unless the operator holds down a foot pedal outside the chamber. Take your foot off the pedal and the machine shuts down.

There was no way the operator could run the auger and also enter the chamber. Or so it seemed, but one enterprising employee found a way. He laid a heavy piece of metal on the foot pedal to keep the auger running while he entered the chamber to clear the ice jam. He was caught by the swirling auger and drawn inevitably, and fatally, into the ice machine.

Ironically, the employee had helped negotiate a labor contract stipulating that workers should scrupulously follow all safety procedures and abide by the company's operating rules.
This is such a…chilling story, I couldn’t help but share it.


At 10:12 AM, Blogger snavy said...

OMG!! What is wrong with these people??
(Besides that they're now all dead.)

At 10:39 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, I think they were all dregged up from the shallow end of the gene pool. :D

At 11:14 AM, Blogger M.E Ellis said...

What a dick!


At 12:27 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, well said, M.E. :D

At 12:40 PM, Blogger lime said...

um, in response to you and snavy.....i don't think this guy was even from the shallow end. i think he was from the edge of the gene 'puddle.' see me? the laws of physics don't apply to me, i'm special. at least that's what mom said.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, Lime. That was just...outstanding. :D

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Ew. So this is where all you horror writers get your ideas - the Darwins!

By the way James, you won a bottle of half-used rum. Email me. =)

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Southern Writer said...

Meyer's Rum. Delicious over bloody ice. Hey, we can call it a Bloody Meyer. Cheers.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, it is a wonderful source, Dana. And YAY! I'm a winner! :D

Cool, I'll have to give that a try, Southern. :D

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Chilling - ha ha James! Oh, what a way to go. Nasty.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, yeah...I couldn't help adding that, Sandra. :D

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