A worker at a wood-processing plant was feeding rough lumber into a stripsaw. The boards were 2 inches thick, 8 inches wide, and 5 feet long. The employer had instructed workers to feed the lumber into the stripsaw from the side. The employer's written job safety analysis also requires workers to load lumber from the side. However, to push the boards into the machine with enough force, the worker stood at the end of the infeed table. A board kicked back out of the stripsaw, breaking into 3 pieces. One of these pieces struck another board on the infeed table. That board shot back down the table, striking the worker and causing fatal injuries.

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