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Accident: 121243.015 - Employee Incurs Finger Amputation When Greasing Flail Mower

Accident: 121243.015 -- Report ID: 0950647 -- Event Date: 05/04/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1400596.01505/15/2019Ca Transportation, District 5
At 12:30 p.m. on May 04, 2019, an employee was assigned to work with a coworker to cut vegetation on the right shoulder with the flail mower. The coworker was o perating a John Deere tractor with the side flail mower attachment and a Rears M anufacturing Company rear PAK-flail attachment, model number KMW08PK9460R, seria l number F01444, the employee followed behind in a truck pulling a water tank. W hen they finished, they parked the tractor and truck, and proceeded to complete post operation procedures which included greasing the flail attachment. The cowo rker dismounted the tractor and left it energized while they took the only greas e gun available and proceeded to grease the fittings outside the side flail atta chment. The employee got out of their truck with a rag to assist the coworker wi th greasing by wiping old grease from the fittings so new grease could be applie d more easily. The rear flail mower had a 3-inch-wide belt with two 9-inch diame ter wheels 20 inches apart. The lower wheel pinch point was approximately 15 inc hes from the ground. There was a guard enclosure that was approximately 15 inche s wide and 35 inches long. The cover to the guard was open and the belt and pull ey was exposed and running when the employee approached it with their rag. The r ag was inadvertently caught on the pinch point in the bottom wheel and the emplo yee's hand was pulled in, forcing them down and forward where they hit their hea d on the outside of the mower. The coworker was on the other side of the tractor when he heard the noise. The coworker jumped into the tractor, shut it off, and then took their shirt off and wrapped it around the employee's right hand. The employee was taken to the emergency room at Templeton's Twin Cities Community H ospital and sustained an amputation of the distal segment and de-gloving of the right index finger exposing the proximal phalanx.
Keywords: amputation, belt, caught between, caught by, caught in, cut, degloving, energized, finger, fitting, grease, guard, head, highway, lawn mower, operator, pinched, pulley, stuck, tank, tank truck, tractor, truck, water tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1400596.015 31 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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