Accident Report Detail
Accident: 144171.015 - Employee'S Fingers Are Amputated And Fractured When Caught B
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At 1:30 p.m. on February 23, 2022, an employee was working for a firm that provi ded farm management services. He and two coworkers were replacing a worn drive b elt on a blower at a SoyPass installation. The belt was a Tuthill model number 5 VX900 PD blower drive belt. First, the workers locked out the electrical power s ource to the machine. Then, the employee's two coworkers removed the guard from the belt and drive. The two coworkers were placing the guard to the side, when t he employee saw that the belt was moving in reverse from air pushing against the blower fan. When he attempted to grab the belt to stop it, his fingers became c aught between the belt and the pulley. The tip of the thumb on his right hand wa s amputated, and his right hand middle finger was fractured. He was hospitalized .