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Accident: 200690352 - Employee Suffers Amputation Of Finger

Accident: 200690352 -- Report ID: 0112600 -- Event Date: 12/11/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30403964701/30/20011623Rousseau Brothers, Inc.
On December 11, 2000, Employee #1 and another laborer were dismantling the cover of an existing manhole. The two laborers had secured a piece of metal (which looks like a railroad tie) using of a fabric sling. The metal piece was approximately 5 ft in length, weighed approximately 80-100 lbs, and was about 3-4 in. wide. The sling was attached to the bucket of the excavator. When the sling was lifted, the load apparently was uneven and swung to one side. Employee #1 was in the trench. He tried to stop it from swinging and got his left "pinky" finger crushed between the side of the shoring of the trench and the end of the load itself. His finger had to be amputated at the knuckle while he was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, crushed, excavator, sling, manhole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304039647 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Lifting operations

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