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Accident: 170570550 - Employee Dies Of Infection After Fingers Cut In Lint Cleaner

Accident: 170570550 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 03/17/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12466759308/16/19942299Fibre Processing Co., Inc.
A Continental Moss Gordon Gin Company lint cleaner stopped while it was operating. It appeared to be clogged, and a coworker shut off the power while Employee #1 took the guard off to find the problem. When Employee #1 attempted to clear the cylinder while it was still rotating, the cylinder caught her fingers, lacerating them and amputating the tips. Employee #1 developed an infection and died several months later from contributing infections of the finger/hand area. The cause of death was cardiorespiratory failure secondary to pulmonary embolism. Bacteremia, probable sepsis, and osteomyelitis were contributing factors.
Keywords: rotating parts, amputated, cylinder, finger, work rules, cleaning, clogged, laceration, cotton, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124667593 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Miscellaneous textile machine operators

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