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Accident: 115431.015 - Employee Amputates Finger When Caught Between Guard Housing

Accident: 115431.015 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 04/08/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1393653.01504/11/2019Carlisle Construction Materials, Llc
At 4:15 a.m. on April 8, 2019, Employee #1, 33-year-old man, was working as a p roduction coordinator for a firm that manufactured rubber roofs. He was helping a maintenance coworker work on an S1 Parkinson Winders Positran roll transfer sy stem. The employee was aligning a winder roller along a track. He was moving the winder roller forward so that his coworker could see where to stop the winder c ylinder. The maintenance coworker was positioned on the floor below. The employe e was standing on an elevated platform operating the winder movement in a jog sp eed mode. He had his right hand positioned on a stationary enclosed guard housin g, while he operated the control unit with his left hand. As the roll transfer s ystem traveled toward him, the small finger on his right hand became caught betw een the roll transfer system and the guard housing. He suffered the amputation o f the end of that finger. He was not hospitalized. The opening distance between the two was later estimated by a safety inspector to be less than 13 millimeters (0.5 inches). Operators of the roll transfer system worked from the platform an d operated the control panel. There was no guarding to protect the area between the stationary guard housing and the roll transfer system. In an interview, an employer representative stated that he walked the plant floor throughout the day and that operators accessed the work platform at last once per shift to align o r thread a new roll. Operators used the computer control panel to do this, with the machine in the jog or manual mode. The workers were in this area to align th e material from time to time, but it was not a normal activity for them to do th at. The safety inspector commented that the area around the roll transfer system had never been guarded. There was a small upright barrier guard on the floor bu t not at the level where the employee was injured as he aligned the winder rolle r along the track for his coworker.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, caught in, finger, fingertip, hand, hand control, handrail, lockout, machine guarding, nip point, roller--mach/part, stair
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1393653.015 33 M Non Hospitalized injury Supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations

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