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Accident: 118239.015 - Employee Amputates Fingertip In Slotted Conveyor Belt

Accident: 118239.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 07/17/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1417575.01507/24/2019Wisconsin Cheese Group, Llc
At 12:30 p.m. on July 7, 2019, an employee was removing pieces of cheese from a transfer conveyor belt after a 5 pound block of cheese got caught in the conveyo r. The conveyor was abrading the cheese causing the chunks to break loose and th e chunks of cheese got stuck between the metal mesh conveyor slots causing the 5 pound blocks to jam the conveyor. The employee reached backwards into the cove red conveyor with his left arm when his ring finger got caught in the mesh and p ressed against a metal transfer plate. The conveyor continued to move and the e mployee pulled out his hand degloving his fingertip pad. The employee was treat ed without hospitalization.
Keywords: abraded, amputated, amputation, belt conveyor, caught in, conveyor, conveyor belt, degloving, finger, fingertip, food processing, frame, hand, jammed, lockout, lockout/tagout, metal, partial amputation, pinched, unstabl
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1417575.015 53 M Non Hospitalized injury

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