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Accident: 170847891 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated When Caught Between Rebar

Accident: 170847891 -- Report ID: 0950652 -- Event Date: 12/02/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12589348712/03/19971629Reinforcing, Post-Tensioning Services Inc.
Employee #1, an iron worker, was working on an intake structure connected to a tunnel. He was tied off to a 35 sq ft mat of #11 rebar and was weaving a second 10,200 lb mat of #10 rebar into the first, at a right angle, prior to tying the mats together. A pair of shackles was placed around a pair of the #10 rebars on the second mat. The shackle was placed against a horizontal bar to keep it and the rigging from slipping, but the wired rebar did not hold the shackle in place. The rigging slipped as Employee #1 was weaving the rebar mats, forcing a horizontal #11 rebar to shift about 8 in. against a parallel rebar. His right thumb became caught between them, crushing the first digit too severely to be surgically reattached. The accident was attributed to the inadequate manner in which the rebar had been rigged.
Keywords: rigging, amputated, rebar, iron worker, work rules, construction, thumb, caught between, crushed
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Other $20,000,000 and over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125893487 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other

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