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Accident: 200532539 - Employee Amputates Fingers In Extruder

Accident: 200532539 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 08/15/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31254851408/26/20082672Loparex Llc
On August 15, 2008, an employee was operating an Egan brand poly coater, extruder that was not properly guarded. The employee either reached in or came too close to the poly propylene and became caught in the rollers of the machine. The employee realized that he was about to be pulled in the machine and pulled back on his hand as hard as he could pulling his left pinky finger off. Also the ring finger of the employee had all the skin pulled off, degloved. Both injured fingers were on the left hand. The employee could not reach the emergency stop button. The employee was taken to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. The doctors at the hospital stated the ring finger will probably have to be removed also. The employee was not hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, machine operator, caught between, coating operation, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312548514 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Extruding and forming machine operators

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