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Accident: 201031267 - Employee'S Finger Amputated When Caught Under Pry Bar

Accident: 201031267 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 02/26/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12030006604/16/19989532L A County Dept Of Public Works
On February 26, 1998, Employee #1 and coworkers were recharging the main supply MWD line with water. The valves were in a 6 ft by 5 ft by 6 ft deep excavated pit with timber/hydraulic shoring. Employee #1 went to see if the valve was leaking, after which the workers rolled back the 10 ft by 5 ft steel plate covering the excavated pit. They were using a pry bars to maneuvering the heavy plate back in place when it fell on the pry bar that Employee #1 was holding. The bar pinched one of his fingers against the asphalt slab, amputating it. He was not using suitable hand protection.
Keywords: metal bar, amputated, ppe, finger, work rules, caught between, manual mat handling, hand tool, nip point, pry bar
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120300066 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors, n.e.c.

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