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Accident: 200535771 - Employee'S Thumb Is Amputated While Replacing Furnace Lid

Accident: 200535771 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 12/31/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31701949503/12/20133321Fairfield Castings, Llc

On December 31, 2012, Employee #1, with Fairfield Castings, LLC, was replacing the lid on an electric melt furnace used for melting iron. The lid had been removed to perform maintenance on the inside of the furnace. A coworker was using a pry bar to help align the pivot pin hole in the stationary hinge and lid hinge. While aligning the hinge to insert the hinge pin, Employee #1 had placed a finger into the hinge pin hole to check the alignment. The pry bar the coworker was using slipped while Employee #1 had a finger inside the hinge pin hole. The resulting movement of the lid hinge in the stationary furnace hinge created a pinch point condition, resulting in the end of Employee's #1 left thumb being amputated. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital.

Keywords: furnace, maintenance, amputated, pin, iron worker, thumb, iron, foundry, nip point, pry bar

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 317019495 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machinery maintenance occupations

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