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Accident: 200340990 - Employee Arm Caught By Power Conveyor

Accident: 200340990 -- Report ID: 0523900 -- Event Date: 12/06/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31317989702/10/20112621Flambeau River Papers, Llc
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on December 6, 2010, a 59-year-old Employee, working for Flambeau River Papers, LLC. Paper Mill Park Falls, WI, knelt down beside the front side of the 6b conveyor tail pulley. He used a garden hoe to remove wood chips from beneath the 6b conveyor tail pulley. During cleaning beneath the tail pulley, the right side of the employee's high visibility vest and winter coat were caught by and became entangled in the conveyor's tail pulley section. The employee's right arm was pulled into the tail pulley section up to approximately 3-inches below the elbow before a coworker deenergized the conveyor system. The employee sustained several lacerations, abrasions, contusions, and lost approximately 23 meters of muscle from his lower right arm, as a result of the accident. He was hospitalized for his injuries. The conveyor system was energized and the tail pulley was unguarded allowing contact with in-running nip-points, which were located between the conveyor belt and tail pulley drum.
Keywords: tunnel, boiler, drum, laceration, abrasion, conveyor, arm, elbow, unguarded, contusion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313179897 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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