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Accident: 114903.015 - Employee Amputates Finger When Caught In Wheel And Sprocket

Accident: 114903.015 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 03/21/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1389341.01503/29/2019U.S. Cotton, Llc
At 9:15 a.m. on March 21, 2019, Employee #1 was troubleshooting the equipment. The employee removed an interlocked guard over the transfer wheel area. The interlock was bypassed with the use of an interlock magnet which allowed for the equipment to run without the guard in place. The employee also removed the fixed barrier guard covering the chain and sprocket under the transfer wheel. The employee did not have the hazardous energies of the equipment isolated. The employee placed his hand under the transfer wheel area. His hand became caught in the wheel and sprocket, which drives the transfer, and Employee #1's left index finger was amputated. Hospitalization was not required.
Keywords: sprocket, hand, interlock, lockout, machine guarding, finger, unguarded, amputated, chain, wheel
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1389341.015 46 M Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machinery maintenance occupations

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