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Accident: 14345607 - Employee Crushed To Death When Caught In Capstan

Accident: 14345607 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 10/01/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10621037010/10/19901731Wingate Electric Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10620678210/10/19902875Growers Fertilizer Corporation
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on or about October 1, 1990, Employee #1 was performing his normal task of mixing fertilizers and sending them to special bins. He wrapped the manila rope around the capstan twice and started to pull the rope tighter to engage the conveyor system when he was evidently pulled by the capstan. His left hand and arm were caught and his arm wrapped around the capstan. He tried to extricate himself with his right hand, but it became caught in the rope and his thumb and right index finger were nearly severed. Employee #1 could not get to the switch to turn the machine off because he was out of position. The stop switch is approximately 52 inches from the capstan and the operator must stand in front of the capstan and switch, not on the side. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital. He died 3 days later.
Keywords: fertilizer mixing, laceration, hand, rope, finger, caught by, construction, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106210370 Occupation Not Listed
2 106206782 Fatality Other Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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