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Accident: 123752.015 - Employee Falls And Fractures Ankle

Accident: 123752.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 01/16/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1461073.01502/04/2020Aisin Light Metals Llc

At 2:30 a.m. on January 16, 2020, an employee was placing square metal parts on the tail end of a metal profile to allow a better grip by an extrusion process. The employee was walking over both structural units and rotating shafts of a bel t conveyor associated with an extrusion device. The employee was working with tw o coworkers, which were either operating the machine or cutting processed profil e to size with a saw. The extrusion process was conducted in a single story fact ory shop floor. The employee had climbed over and between the units and shafts t o place the square metal parts on the profile. The employee again climbed over a nd between the units and shafts to egress from inside of the belt conveyor syste m. While climbing over the last shaft and structural unit, the employee fell be tween the shaft and the structural unit. The shaft was approximately 2 inches in diameter, and the structural unit was approximately 4 inches by 2 inches tube s teel. The employer had established verbal procedures for employees to load the square metal parts on the profiles just prior to attaching the profiles to the t ail section of the extruder. However, employees were provided training by other employees. While there was a single beam light curtain that controlled the power to the conveyor systems, it was only set up where the operator was standing and did not require a reset of the device prior to allowing the conveyors to be ene rgized. The employee was hospitalized to treat ankle fractures and broken bones from the fall.

Keywords: ankle, belt conveyor, broken bone, conveyor belt, extrusion, extrusion machine, fall, fall from elevation, fracture

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1461073.015 39 M Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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