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Accident: 115632.015 - Employee Amputates Hand While Performing Maintenance Work On

Accident: 115632.015 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 04/19/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1395322.01504/24/2019Dura-Fibre, Llc
At 6:10 a.m. on April 19, 2019, an employee was performing service work on a bal er. The Balemaster (Model: 44750-10, G, J, J, 4, Q, T, U, X, Z, 7, Z, 9; Serial Number: B1022-04-13389583) had five swords which became lodge in a bale while attempting to pull wire through to tie the bale at the end of the process. A thi rd shift maintenance coworker began working on the baler and successfully remove d the swords before handing it to his maintenance supervisor at approximately 5: 40 a.m. The maintenance supervisor assessed the piece of equipment and began se rvicing it without performing lockout/tagout. The maintenance supervisor made a jig with a flexible conduit tube and metal hook taped with electrical tape. At approximately 6:00 a.m., the employee assisted in retrieving the metal hook on the opposite of the baler from the maintenance supervisor. The employee did not perform lockout/tagout prior to placing his hand in the danger zone. As the fle x tube and metal hook went through the opening, it broke. The maintenance superv isor decided another approach would be needed, discussed it with the employee an d then walked away. The maintenance supervisor observed product piling up in the chute leading to the baler and decided to reverse the ram in order to empty the chute. The maintenance supervisor was not able to see the other side of the bal er when he was at the controls. While reversing the ram, the employee's hand was in an opening in an attempt to reach the wire. The employee's hand was severed from the ram and end of equipment. The employee yelled and was provided with med ical treatment from designated first responders followed by local EMTs, where he was transported to the hospital.
Keywords: amputated, baler, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1395322.015 42 M Non Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations

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