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Accident: 200772010 - Employee Suffers Amputation Of Four Fingers

Accident: 200772010 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 06/25/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30381259806/25/20021542Preload, Inc.
This employer was contracted to build a new 1.7-million gallon water tank to replace an existing 1 million gallon tank located at the same site. A crew of employees was working with a 210-ton Grove crane that was utilizing both hook blocks on the crane. A piece of pre-cast panel was lifted utilizing both the main and auxiliary hook blocks. The panel was secured in the vertical position utilizing the auxiliary hook block of the crane. The main hook block of the crane had no load it at the time, but had become bound up on a piece of 2-in.-by-6-in. wood at the top back side of the pre-cast panel. The top was approximately 79 ft above the ground. The site superintendent told three employees to go up in the articulating boom lift to where the block was bound and free it up. One of the employees grabbed the block itself while the other two grabbed the 0.875-in. wire rope supporting the 2127-pound block. Without warning any of the employees on the lift, the superintendent signaled the crane operator to move the crane block. Employee #1 got his hand caught by the 0.875-in. cable going around the hook blocks sheaves and suffered a crushing injury and amputation of four fingers on his left hand. Employee #1 was treated for his injuries but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, construction, jammed, crushed, crane block, crane, hoistline, inattention
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 8 80
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303812598 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Lifting operations

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