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Accident: 170161483 - Caught Between Belt And Drive Roller Of Conveyor

Accident: 170161483 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 12/16/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11186855012/18/19914911Redhill Geothermal
A 29-YEAR-OLD FILTER PRESS OPERATOR AT A GEOTHERMAL ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION PLANT WAS USING A RAG TO CLEAN A CONVEYOR BELT. THE BELT WAS RUNNING, AND THE RAG GOT CAUGHT BETWEEN THE BELT AND THE DRIVE ROLLER. THE RAG THEN PULLED HIS RIGHT HAND AROUND THE ROLLER. THE EMPLOYEE WAS ABLE TO ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY TRIP CABLE WITH HIS FEET, BUT NOT BEFORE HIS RIGHT ARM, HIS CHEST, AND THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS HEAD WERE GROUND AGAINST THE DRIVE ROLLER. A COWORKER FOUND HIM STILL CONSCIOUS AND GOT IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE. THE BELT WAS CUT; THE WIPER BAR, WHICH WAS HOLDING HIS RIGHT HAND, WAS PRIED LOOSE; AND THE EMPLOYEE WAS REMOVED FROM THE MACHINERY AND WAS PLACED ON THE CATWALK. FIRST AID WAS ADMINISTERED, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WERE CALLED. THE EMPLOYEE WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH THE AMPUTATION OF HIS RIGHT ARM BELOW THE ELBOW, WITH THE AMPUTATION OF HIS LEFT EAR, AND WITH SEVERE BURNS TO HIS FACE AND CHEST.
Keywords: maintenance, amputated, belt, belt conveyor, ear, lockout, roller--mach/part, caught between, conveyor, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111868550 Hospitalized injury Amputation Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators

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