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Accident: 14478309 - Employee Injured When Clothing Catches In Auger

Accident: 14478309 -- Report ID: 0111100 -- Event Date: 11/18/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10140273311/18/19871781Avalanche Soil Exploration

Employee #1 and a coworker were using a mobile drilling rig, model B34, manufactured prior to 1978 by Mobile Drilling, Inc. A hollow auger about 5 feet long was attached by a coupling to a drive chuck on the machine to drill vertically into the earth. Employee #1, who was operating the machine, left the control station while the auger was slowly rotating and reached across the auger to grab his gloves from the frame of the drilling rig. Apparently a projection of the rotating coupling caught Employee #1's sleeveless vest and pulled him into the auger. The auger kept continued to rotate, twisting Employee #1 around itself. The coworker, seeing what had happened, shut down the machine. Employee #1 suffered broken ribs and his right arm had to be amputated.

Keywords: clothing, amputated, drill operator, rotating shaft, work rules, caught by, construction, auger, drill rig--non-oil, arm

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101402733 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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