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Accident: 200611523 - Employee'S Arm Amputated In Shredding Machine

Accident: 200611523 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 05/29/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30456095605/29/20035093J. Schwartz Motor Transportation, Inc.
On May 29, 2003, Employee #1 was operating an industrial paper shredder, Taylor Stiles and Company, by hand feeding. He was required to place paper onto a conveyor which brought the paper to a in-feed roller which moved the paper into the shredding blades. The shredder was not guarded at the rotating in-feed roller, or at the point of operation, and there was no emergency shut-off switch. The paper started to ride over the in-feed roller and he attempted to pull the paper back, to reposition it in front of the in-feed roller. His left hand was caught by the in-feed roller and drawn into shredding blades. He lost his hand and lower arm before the shredder was shut down. A coworker had to open a trap door and manually back up the in-feed roller to release Employee #1. Employee #1 was hospitalized when his left arm was amputated approximately two inches below the elbow.
Keywords: amputated, paper shredder, rotating knife, machine operator, caught by, point of operation, conveyor, arm, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304560956 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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