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Accident: 142547.015 - Employee Amputates Fingertip While Repairing Energized Machi

Accident: 142547.015 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 12/28/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1571518.01512/30/2021Tyson Foods, Inc.

At 3:00 p.m. on December 28, 2021, an employee was troubleshooting the bone elim inator portion of a final meat grinding machine which was not pushing the bone o ut as designed. The employee was attempting to determine whether the air valve w as not working, if the bone eliminator was not working, or if there was an open hole in the airline. The employee had not locked out/tagged out the machine. Ins tead, the employee told a coworker to shut the valve off. As the coworker tryed to shut the valve off, the employee, thinking the valve was already shut off, he ld onto the end of a piston and tried to push it back in when it activated, retr acted and pulled his finger inside. The employee crushed his finger, amputating his fingertip and requiring hospitalization.

Keywords: air pressure, amputated, amputation, caught in, engineering controls, finger, fingertip, food processing, high pressure, lack of engineering controls, lockout, lockout/tagout, maintenance, meat grinder, meat proces

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1571518.015 22 M Hospitalized injury Not specified mechanics and repairers

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