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Accident: 141974.015 - Employee Lacerates Fingertip On Hog Skinner, Later Amputated

Accident: 141974.015 -- Report ID: 0355117 -- Event Date: 12/07/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1568420.01512/14/2021Gunnoe Sausage Company
At 1:45 p.m. on December 7, 2021, an employee was engaged in sticking and washin g hogs when a coworker requested his assistance. A piece of hide was not long e nough to reach the hook on the backside of the Vertical Hydraulic Hog Skinner. A s the employee was manipulating the hide in an attempt to get it on the hook to hold it in place, the machine activated and caught the tip of his left pinky fin ger between the roller and the pyramid on the press. The coworker was near the c ontrols of the machine when it activated. The employee was not sure how the mach ine was activated. There were no guards in place to prevent employees from stick ing their hands in between the roller and the pyramid on the press. There were n o hand tools provided to assist in getting the hide between those two objects on to the hook present on the other side of the machine. The employee lost all the skin and flesh on his left pinky fingertip below the first knuckle after the fin gernail. The employee was taken to the hospital and admitted. The bone below hi s knuckle was amputated.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, animal, caught in, degloving, finger, fingertip, food processing, guard, hand tool, knuckle, machine cycled, machine guarding, machine operator, meat processing, partial amputation, pinched
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1568420.015 31 M Hospitalized injury

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