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Accident: 113957.015 - Employee Incurs Puncture Wound To Finger After Coupler Blow

Accident: 113957.015 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 10/10/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1360887.01510/26/2018Humboldt County
At approximately 11:35 a.m on October 10, 2019, an employee had his hand on a Jo hn Deere Grease Joint Cleaner which allows a clogged grease fitting to take on g rease by injecting light viscosity oil into the grease joint via the grease fitt ing. The employee had his hand on the coupler, and hit the piston head with the hammer and the coupler blew up. The employee suffered a pinpoint puncture woun d to his fourth finger. The employee was, then, transported to the hospital. The doctor was concerned that he had injected hydraulic fluid into his bloodstre am via the puncture wound of his finger. The doctor performed surgery to ensure the fluid did not enter the employee's bloodstream. The employee was hospitali zed.
Keywords: finger, hydraulic cylinder, piston, puncture
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1360887.015 26 M Hospitalized injury Heavy equipment mechanics

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