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Accident: 117096.015 - Employee Amputates Four Fingers On Chain And Sprocket

Accident: 117096.015 -- Report ID: 0523900 -- Event Date: 06/10/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1408026.01506/10/2019Tri-State Lumber & Land Inc.
At 12:00 noon on June 10, 2019, an employee was attempting to reattach a conveyo r chain to a sprocket while the machine was still running. As pieces of wood com e from another part of the mill they fall onto a conveyor to be transferred to a n edger. Occasionally the wood pieces fall and knock the chain off of the sprock et. Procedures are in place for authorized employees to shut the machine down if this occurs. The energy is isolated and the chain can then be reattached. The p rocedure for lockout/tagout was not followed and the machine was not adequately guarded as there were gaps around the sprocket and chains that were greater than 1/4 inch. The employee suffered amputation of four fingers on his right hand wh en it got caught in the pinch point between the chain and sprocket. The employee was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: amputation, chain, conveyor, finger, lockout/tagout, pinched, sprocket
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1408026.015 30 M Hospitalized injury

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