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Accident: 113956.015 - Employee Amputates Middle Finger After Reaching Under Mower

Accident: 113956.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 02/20/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1381082.01503/01/2019Cassidy Landscape Maintenance, Inc.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on February 20, 2019, an employee was performing lan dscape maintenance work at a private home in Rancho Santa Fe. The employee was doing the cleaning and trimming and using a small lawnmower, and the supervisor/ foreman was mowing a larger area around the front driveway using a gas-powered, 60 inch professional walk-behind lawnmower (Model Number 350772). Then, the dri ve mechanism stopped working, so the employee came over to help. The foreman di sengaged the blade but did not shut off the motor. The employee stated that the belt drive sometimes gets jammed, and there is a reset lever. Also, if he can physically move the belt, it may reset. The employee reached under the mower to touch the drive belt when it started up unexpectedly. The index finger on his right hand was amputated to the first knuckle. The employee was not hospitalize d.
Keywords: amputated, finger, lawn mower, maintenance
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1381082.015 37 M Non Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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