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Accident: 201061272 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated When Caught By Cement Mixer

Accident: 201061272 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/30/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12600732708/03/19981799Harvey Cole & Robert Boourgeois Dba Waterworld
On July 30, 1998, Waterworld was on site installing a fixed swimming pool. The operations were being conducted by Employee #1 and four other employees, including the company's two partners. The excavation for the pool had already been completed, and the employees were setting the concrete stairs for the pool. Employee #1 was mixing the concrete in a cement mixer, and was using both hands to push excess cement into the mixer. At that time another employee came over to Employee #1 and stated that Employee #1 should not place his hands in the mixer, and that he should use a water hose to hose down the cement. At this point, the mixing paddle rotated towards Employee #1, who had his hands in the mixer. The mixing paddle caught the employee's left hand middle and ring finger between the paddle and the side of the mixer and amputated his fingers. The middle finger was amputated up to the middle phalange, and the ring finger was amputated up to the distal phalange. The supervisors drove Employee #1 to Palomar Hospital, where he underwent surgery. The finger tips could not be reattached.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, caught by, concrete mixer, construction, cementing, pool, untrained
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126007327 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Swimming pool construction
FatCause: Other

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