Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200610566 - Employee Injured When Rotating Shaft Entangles Hair

Accident: 200610566 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 05/24/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name

Employee #1 was working with copper piping and a finning machine, which is a device that spins a length of pipe and applies pressure to the pipe with three heads. Due to the rotational speed and pressure, copper from the pipe walls extrudes outward, creating "fins" on the pipe similar to those found on baseboard (forced hot water) heat systems. Employee #1 had walked up to a pipe, pulled it forward about 3 ft, and then fed it into the hole in the side of the finning machine. The pipe quickly reached a rotational speed of 200 to 220 rpm and then started to self-feed through the unit. Employee #1 was either next to or had ducked under the rotating pipe when his ponytail of waist-length hair became entangled in the spinning shaft. (He had long hair--nearly waist length--but had tied it into a ponytail.) His scalp was torn off, along with his ear and a large amount of skin from the right side of his face. He also suffered fractures of several vertebrae in his neck, leading to spinal damage with paralysis. During nearly a month of hospitalization, he had also suffered from severe infections and from cardiac infarcts as a result of the infections.

Keywords: clearance, paralysis, hair, rotating shaft, scalp, work rules, caught by, entangled, vertebra, unguarded

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302538681 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.