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Accident: 170630875 - Employee'S Fingers Lacerated In Lawn Renovator

Accident: 170630875 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 07/06/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11977891803/14/19966531Housing Authority City Of La
Employee #1 worked as a groundskeeper in a public housing project run by the Los Angeles (CA) City Housing Authority. He was using a lawn renovator, or sod cutter, from a different housing authority to tear up a lawn for reseeding. The renovator works in the same manner as a reel-type lawn mower, with the motor running on top and the crankshaft running laterally. The flywheel on the crankshaft, around which the starting rope should be wrapped, has sharp fins that blow air cast into the center of the part. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was bent down adjusting the height of the renovator by using a lever mounted inches from the rotating flywheel. His left fingers were lacerated when they contacted the fins. The cover for the flywheel was missing.
Keywords: rotating parts, cover, finger, work rules, lockout, laceration, lawn mower, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119778918 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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