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Accident: 170847636 - Employee'S Fingertip Amputated By Steel Wire

Accident: 170847636 -- Report ID: 0950652 -- Event Date: 03/11/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12589369303/12/19981622Shank/Balfour Beatty
At approximately 12:40 p.m. on March 11, 1998, Employee #1 was beginning to operate a 0.5-in. magnetic drill motor, a device he had used numerous times on this and other jobs. The chuck key, which was attached to the drill by a 0.125-in. steel wire, had been left in the chuck. When Employee #1 turned on the drill motor, the chuck rotated, and the wire wound around his right ring finger. Before he could turn the motor off, the wire had cut through the finger, leaving the tip attached only by a shred of skin. Employee #1 had not inspected the drill before starting work.
Keywords: portable power tool, rotating parts, amputated, metal wire, finger, work rules, construction, electric drill
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Other $20,000,000 and over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125893693 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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