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Accident: 109305.015 - Employee Sustains Finger Amputation While Servicing Rotary A

Accident: 109305.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 09/17/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1347592.01509/20/2018Sauder Woodworking Co.
At 10:30 a.m. on September 17, 2018, a maintenance employee was servicing a rota ry airlock that was making noise and in need of lubrication. The employee operat ed an electrical disconnect to shut off the airlock before removing the airlock plug to apply the spray lubricant. He then replaced the plug and restarted the airlock, but the noise was still present. The employee again removed the plug f rom the airlock to apply additional lubricant but this time while the airlock op erated. After removing the plug, the employee saw that there was dust over the plug hole and instinctively used his left index finger to clear the dust prior t o spraying the lubricant. While clearing the dust, the employee's finger was cau ght by the rotating paddle blade, resulting in a partial amputation injury to th e end of the finger.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, caught by, dust, finger, lubricating, noise, rotating parts
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1347592.015 31 M Non Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations

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