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Accident: 170585939 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated By Grinder Blades

Accident: 170585939 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 04/22/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12590077905/09/19953089Plastic Molding Company
Employee #1 was using an air hose to clean the screens and the area below the internal blades of a grinding machine used to grind small pieces of plastic scrap into pellets. The pellets are re-used in a plastic extrusion process. The machine's blades rotate, cutting the plastic, which falls to a screen below and into a collector bin. Employee #1 removed the screen and turned the machine on momentarily while directing the air hose at the blade area. The blades caught the hose nozzle and his right index and middle fingers were pulled into the blades and amputated.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, cleaning, caught by, lockout, air hose, blade, grinding machine
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125900779 Hospitalized injury Amputation Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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