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Accident: 118567.015 - Employee Fractures Forearm When Crushed By Pasta Extrusion P

Accident: 118567.015 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 06/24/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1420252.01507/30/2019Philadelphia Macaroni Company

At 10:45 p.m. on June 24, 2019, an employee was in the process of changing the d ie on a Buhler Polymatik Pasta Extrusion Press during a production changeover. D uring the changeover a hydraulic fluid leak temporarily halted the operation. Fo llowing the repair by maintenance personnel the machine was restored to power. T he employee then began to wipe up the hydraulic fluid from the die and the area around it. While wiping up the fluid, the employee reached into the area between the extruder head and the die and simultaneously leaned against the push button control for a hydraulic piston that served to move the die into the extruder. T he piston pushed the die against the employee's arm causing it to be crushed aga inst the extruder housing. The employee sustained compound fractures to the radi us and ulna above the wrist and was admitted and treated at the hospital.

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Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1420252.015 43 M Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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