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Accident: 200823383 - Employee Severs Fingers While Clearing Jam In Conveyor

Accident: 200823383 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 08/26/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At approximately 10:50 a.m. on August 26, 2006, Employee #1, a baler, was clearing a jam in a conveyer system. Employee #1 removed a section of a modified metal mesh guard that was fastened beneath a trash conveyor line and between two different sections of the conveyor system. He removed one end of the guard in an attempt to pull the refuse that had gathered between the two separate sections of the conveyor system. Employee #1 did not, however, lockout the conveyor system, and his right hand was caught between the snub pulley and an angle iron bracket that acted as a stiffener between the two sides of the conveyor. Employee #1 severed his right hand, which resulted in a finger amputation and the loss of feeling in the remaining three fingers and thumb of his hand. It is possible that Employee #1's entire hand may need to be amputated in the future. Employee #1 had not been trained on the company's lockout/tagout program.
Keywords: severed, amputated, finger, jammed, lockout, caught between, crushed, baler, conveyor, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309768265 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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