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Accident: 170184956 - Employee Injured When Struck By Cord Caught In Drive Shaft

Accident: 170184956 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 06/19/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11198958807/18/19917699Raynesford Balancing Service
Employee #1 was assisting the company owner in precision testing the air conditioning fan drive shaft bearings inside a roof-mounted air conditioning unit. Employee #1 was operating the probe as the owner was reading the meter. When they finished testing one set of bearings, they moved approximately 4 1/2 ft to the left to test the bearings on the other fan. Employee #1's loose outer shirt became entangled in the rotating drive shaft. He was pulled under the drive shaft and the electric lighting extension cord he had been holding became entangled around the drive shaft. The cord struck him continuously as he lay under the shaft, until the fan could be de-energized. Employee #1 was injured by the whipping extension cord.
Keywords: clothing, maintenance, rotating parts, air conditioner, work rules, caught by, struck by, entangled, drive shaft
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111989588 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Inspectors, testers and graders

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