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Accident: 170591408 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Belt And Pulley Drive

Accident: 170591408 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 06/19/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11990167609/29/19954212Valencia Trucking Inc
At 7:30 p.m. on June 16, 1995, Employee #1, a truck driver for Valencia Trucking, Inc., was repairing an air conditioning compressor unit on his Freightliner semi-tractor. He was being helped as a favor by a friend who was a mechanic. The truck, which Employee #1 used to haul dry bulk cement, was a cab-over model, and the cab had been raised to allow access to the engine. The mechanic became briefly distracted and did not see Employee #1 reach into the engine compartment to check the tension and condition of the air compressor's drive belts. The mechanic then reached into the cab and started the engine, catching Employee #1's left hand in the belt and pulley drive, and amputating his fingers.
Keywords: amputated, automotive repair, belt, finger, nip point, pulley, tractor--truck, communication, inattention, truck driver
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119901676 Hospitalized injury Amputation Truck drivers, heavy

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