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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 694562 - Employee'S Arms Amputated By Rotating Auger Drive Shaft

Accident: 694562 -- Report ID: 0355118 -- Event Date: 10/23/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10570484510/27/19878221Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Employee #1 and a coworker were drilling post holes for a fence. Employee #1 was operating a homemade post hole auger from a Ford 4610 tractor. The auger was dull and would not drill the hard soil. He got down from the tractor and with the auger still operating pushed on the auger for additional digging force. His clothing became caught by an extended bolt in a universal joint of the auger drive shaft, which was turning approximately 1600 rpm. Employee #1's arms were pulled off just below the shoulders and he was hospitalized.

Keywords: clothing, amputated, inadequate maint, rotating shaft, work rules, equipment operator, caught by, bolt, auger, arm

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105704845 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators

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