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Accident: 170156285 - Employee'S Finger Amputated While Cleaning Screw Conveyor

Accident: 170156285 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 05/21/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11215818305/21/19922022Masson Cheese Corporation
On May 21, 1992, Employee #1 was routinely cleaning cheese making machinery. When he stuck his finger into a 2 in. diameter drain hole on a vertical screw conveyor to pull out some cheese scrap, his right middle finger was struck by the screw and amputated at the first joint. Employee #1 had not de-energized the machine. The employer had implemented a lockout program, instructing department heads to tell their staff to de-energize machines before cleaning. These instructions, however, were never conveyed to Employee #1, who had continued to clean the screw conveyor while it was running.
Keywords: amputated, screw conveyor, finger, work rules, cleaning, lockout, struck by, vertical conveyor, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112158183 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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