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Accident: 114302.015 - Maintenance Mechanic'S Finger Is Amputated While Cleaning Ma

Accident: 114302.015 -- Report ID: 0317000 -- Event Date: 11/12/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1368665.01512/20/2018Zentis North America, Llc
At around 12:45 p.m., on November 12, 2018, Employee #1, a maintenance mechanic and the machine operator, was cleaning out a Scholle Packaging, Model Number TrueFill 902 ESL EX, Serial Number 394, SCHQ Number 1018 to correct a malfunction. Water was not coming through the machine. One of the two head fillers was not cycling. In the company injury report, the employee stated that the machine would not discharge the water due to a valve malfunction. The metal pin came out and the employee tried to move the valve down with his finger. The valve closed unexpectedly and grasped his finger. A Witness Incident Report stated that the Scholle was in CIP mode. The employee was hospitalized and had a diagnosis of bone fracture, close fracture tuft of distal phalanx of finger (left index finger). Subsequently, he had his finger amputated past the first joint on December 12, 2018.
Keywords: pinned, amputated, machine operator, equipment failure, finger, hand, amputation, laceration, fracture, equipment operator, pinched, water, valve, caught in
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1368665.015 66 M Hospitalized injury Amputation Machinery maintenance occupations

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