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Accident: 113296.015 - Employee'S Finger Is Amputated While Using Log Splitter

Accident: 113296.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 11/12/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1369926.01501/09/2019Lake Erie Tree Service, Llc
At 12:00 p.m. on November 12, 2019, an employee was operating a "T-Rex" log splitter. The log splitter is operated by hand levers, the operator has to hold down one of the levers for the hydraulic cylinder to move the ram forward which pushes the log into a wedge, and operate another lever to return the cylinder. The cylinder stops moving once the lever(s) is released. The employer reports that video surveillance showed the employee speaking with another worker while operating the log splitter. The operator's right hand was on the machine's controls while his left hand was resting where the ram retracts; the end of the operator's left small finger was pinched between the frame of the machine and where the cylinder retracted, resulting in amputation to the end of the finger.
Keywords: caught between, finger, log, amputation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1369926.015 25 M Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine feeders and offbearers

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