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Accident: 200823946 - Employees Hand Is Caught In Nip Point, Hand Is Degloved

Accident: 200823946 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 09/20/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31125321509/22/20082752Freedom Imaging Systems, Inc.
At approximately 11:26 a.m. on September 20, 2008, Employee #1, a maintenance worker, was working in a printing and direct mail establishment in Aurora, Illinois. The area of the plant where the conveyor was located was not in production at the time. He turned on the conveyor in order to adjust the tension controls for the belt. His hand got caught in the rollers of the inrunning nip point. The tension controls were approximately 14-in. to 16-in. from the nip point. Although in and out of consciousness, he was able to direct coworkers as to how to remove parts of the machine, to release the rollers, to release his hand. Emergency Medical Services were called, and the employee was transported to Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Illinois. Employee #1's hand was degloved, and he was hospitalized. The employee reported that the rollers were "cased in", but denied removing any guards from the rollers to adjust the tension.
Keywords: unconsciousness, degloved, caught by, roller conveyor, conveyor, nip point, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311253215 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Machinery maintenance occupations

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