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Accident: 170608863 - Employee Catches Finger In Star Valve While Cleaning

Accident: 170608863 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 03/15/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11980639604/02/19932022Hilmar Cheese Co
Employee #1 was attempting to clear cheese out of the star valve of a vacuum pump. Instead of using the high-pressure hose to introduce water into the chute and flush out the product, the employee reached into the star valve from the bottom. The valve had not been de-energized nor locked out. Employee #1 stated that he thought he had turned off the equipment but later conceded that he probably did not. His finger was caught in the machinery.
Keywords: finger, work rules, cleaning, lockout, clogged, vacuum vessel, valve
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119806396 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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