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Accident: 171057060 - Employee'S Legs Injured Between Conveyor Sections

Accident: 171057060 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 10/10/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12679432010/14/19984512America West Airlines
Employee #1 was standing on a conveyor belt at an approximately 30 degree angle, attempting to reposition a control switch to "automatic" on a three-position switch (automatic, off, and manual). He moved the switch to the wrong setting, mistakenly activating the conveyor. His legs were forced between two of its sections, which were 2 in. apart, and he sustained severe pinching and compression of both legs up to the knees, resulting in a fractured left ankle and severe swelling of both legs. Employee #1 also sustained an approximately 4 in. wide friction burn on the inside of his left knee and an approximately 3 in. wide friction burn on the outside of his right knee. Employee #1 could not see the position of the switch from where he standing on the conveyor belt.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, work rules, belt conveyor, control lever, caught between, conveyor belt, contusion, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126794320 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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