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Accident: 113632.015 - Employee'S Left Hand Is Crushed In Snow Plow Lift

Accident: 113632.015 -- Report ID: 0551701 -- Event Date: 01/15/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1378707.01502/14/2019Village Of Palatine - Public Works
At 2:15 p.m. on January 15, 2019, an employee was working for a municipality. He and a coworker were replacing the hydraulic lift cylinder on truck number T-411 . The hydraulic cylinder actuated the wing snowplow with which the truck was equ ipped. The employee was instructing the coworker on what controls to move to ass ist him. As the employee was trying to get the upper end of the cylinder ram con nected to the lift plate, the coworker moved the leveler inside the vehicle to l ift the ram. The ram extended much faster than expected, pushing the left plate up and trapping the employee's left hand between the wing plow plate and the lif t frame. His hand was cut open and down to the tendons across the back side abou t 13 millimeters (0.5 inches) wide and below the knuckles to the palm side of th e hand. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: caught between, crushed, hand, hydraulic cylinder, hydraulic lift, hydraulic ram, laceration, maintenance, snowplow blade, tendon
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1378707.015 54 M Hospitalized injury Automobile mechanics

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