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Accident: 17055.015 - Employee Amputates Finger In Baler

Accident: 17055.015 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 01/27/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
280144.01502/09/2012U.S. Cotton Llc
At 12:00 a.m. Employee #1 was training a new coworker on how to remove the cardb oard bale from the baler. While attempting to train the coworker on how to remov e a cardboard bale from the baler, Employees #1 proceeded to the back of the bal er to the discharge area of the bailer machine. Employee #1 placed his hand on t he T-bar. An additional coworker, who was located in the front of the bailer mac hine fell against the controls, accidentally actuating the baler. When the machi ne engaged, Employee #1 was unable to remove his hand from the T-bar and the ang le iron. This resulted in the immediate amputation of Employee #1 right ring fi nger above the 1st digit. The employee suffered a partial finger amputation whil e working on a baler.
Keywords: amputation, baler, finger, lockout/tagout, machine guarding
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 280144.015 25 M Hospitalized injury

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