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Accident: 115664.015 - Employee'S Fingertip Is Amputated By Machinery

Accident: 115664.015 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 04/12/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1394371.01504/18/2019Aphena Pharma Solutions, Maryland, Llc
At 3:00 a.m. on April 12, 2019, an employee was working for a manufacturer of ph armaceutical preparations. He maintained machinery. He and a coworker were clean ing a chain on a Doboy Model Mustang IV Wrapper wrapping machine, with Serial Nu mber 93-15502. The employee was using a wire brush to clean chocolate dust and d ebris off the chain. The chain had plastic clips attached to it to separate ex-l ax product as it moved along a table for wrapping in cellophane for packaging. T he employee and his coworker removed all guarding, exposing the chain for cleani ng. They engaged power to the chain motor to put the chain in motion, while appl ying force against the chain with a wire brush. The chain was moving at 79 cycle s per minute. The employee, positioned at the beginning of the table, where a ch ain sprocket was also located, spun the lug chain, changing its direction of tra vel. He was using the chain sprocket as a backing plate, to assist with applying force to the chain with the steel brush. He stated that he felt a poking pain o n the tip of the middle finger on his left hand, and he immediately felt his fin ger become caught. Instinctively, he pulled his left hand toward himself. His le ft hand, which had a medical grade glove on, began bleeding. His finger had been caught between an 89-millimeter (3.5-inch) diameter chain sprocket assembly and a stainless steel lug chain. He had amputated the fingertip of his left index f inger, just above the first knuckle. He immediately placed rags around his injur ed hand, specifically on the index finger on his left hand. He drove himself to the hospital for treatment. A coworker found the fingertip after the employee ha d left. He took the fingertip to the hospital, but the physician concluded that it was unusable for reattachment. The employee had the tip of the finger bone sh aved to allow a skin flap to cover the wound. He was stitched up and released la ter that morning. Another part of the account said that he was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, caught between, chain, cleaning, finger, fingertip, guard, lockout, machine guarding, maintenance, nip point, power trans appar, reporting, sprocket
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1394371.015 54 M Non Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations

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