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Accident: 170842595 - Employee'S Finger Is Amputated In Tractor Belt Drive

Accident: 170842595 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 08/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11962486408/05/20020762Renteria Vineyard Management
On August 2, 2002, Employee #1 was operating a Landini 55F farm crawler tractor with a PTO-driven Mitchell spray rig. At the time of the accident, he was trying to determine why the V-belt drive was not turning even though the tractor's PTO shaft, which drove the V-belt, was turning. He squatted down next to the spray rig and was reaching into the V-belt drive when he bumped against it, causing it to start turning. His left middle finger became caught in the pinch point between the belt and the pulley and was amputated to the first joint. The pad of his index fingertip was also torn off. He was hospitalized with his injuries. Employee #1 had not shut off the tractor before he reached into the belt drive.
Keywords: amputated, agriculture, finger, work rules, farm machinery, caught between, v-belt, pulley, drive shaft, power take-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119624864 Hospitalized injury Amputation Farm workers

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