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Accident: 170784052 - Employee'S Gets Hand Crushed By Conveyor

Accident: 170784052 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 09/21/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31457336110/04/20110139J & W Walker Farms Inc
On September 21, 2011 Employee #1 was operating a potato harvesting machine and was attempting to clean one of the machine's conveyors which had been clogged by mud. Employee #1 disconnected the power take-off (PTO) but did not shut off the hydraulics which operated the conveyor rollers. Employee #1 initially indicated he was attempting to remove mud clods from the conveyor but later in a statement to DOSH indicated he slipped and inadvertently came into contact with the rollers. The incident was without witness. Employee #1 self-rescued then yelled to Employee #2 for help. Employee #1 was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was admitted for 3 days receiving pain and antibiotic medications for a severe avulsion of the left hand and forearm.
Keywords: roller conveyor, crushed, conveyor, hand, power take-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314573361 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Farm workers

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