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Accident: 170890859 - Employee'S Finger Crushed Under Falling Blowhead

Accident: 170890859 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 04/20/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11973756704/29/19993321U S Pipe & Foundry Company, Inc
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on April 20, 1999, Employee #1 was assembling a foundry blowhead, a mandrel, and some core boxes on a pallet for storage. He was transporting the mandrel and the blowhead by bridge crane. The mandrel was secured to the crane by a two-part chain and the blowhead was balanced on top. The approximately 110 lb blowhead slipped off the mandrel and fell. Employee #1 tried to manually catch it, crushing his left index finger between the blowhead and a steel table. No accident-related violations were issued. Before the inspection, the employer had modified the procedure to move only one part at a time. The employee was trained in the procedure which, if performed as instructed, posed little if any hazard. Employee #1 had full control of the project and was injured because he tried to catch a falling object, which was likely a spontaneous impulse reaction.
Keywords: unsecured, finger, suspended load, gantry crane, caught between, crushed, mandrel, manual mat handling, mech mat handling, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119737567 Hospitalized injury Fracture Molding and casting machine operators

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