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Accident: 104169.015 - Employee Amputates Two Fingers While Cleaning Equipment

Accident: 104169.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 11/08/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1289026.01501/22/2018Employee Bridge
At 7:55 p.m. (according to the narrative) on November 8, 12017, an employee was working for a temporary staffing agency. The temporary staffing agency was the employee's primary employer. It had sent him to work at a food packing warehouse . The secondary employer was a national membership wholesaler and retailer of gr oceries and other household and office supplies. Foods such as nuts and trail mi xes were packaged at the facility and transported to the national chain's stores . A supervisor for the secondary employer was the second shift supervisor. The e mployee was cleaning around a bucket elevator machine at the facility's Line Are a 1. The bucket elevator was an RBM Model Number LH-SW-S-18 Conveyor System, wit h Serial Number 11-J134-113. The employee was cleaning the frame and the chain o f the bucket elevator. As he was cleaning, the chain on the machine became energ ized. With his left hand, he accidentally reached into the nip point area of the chain and sprocket near the floor. His hand went into the point where the chain and sprocket met. The small finger and the middle finger on his left hand were amputated. The amputation of his small finger was accompanied by bone loss. The employee received medical attention and treatment at the UC San Diego Medical Ce nter, in San Diego, CA. He was treated in the Emergency Room for under 24 hours and he was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, chain, cleaning, conveyor, elevator, finger, lockout, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, nip point, sprocket, warehouse
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1289026.015 27 M Hospitalized injury Production helpers

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