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Accident: 201068731 - Employee'S Fingers Are Injured By Cutting Device

Accident: 201068731 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/11/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12594484305/04/20055015Pick Your Part Auto Wrecking
At approximately 9:08 a.m. on April 11, 2005, Employee #1, a laborer with Pick Your Part Auto Recycling, was in the gasoline extraction area. He had just picked up a catalytic converter cutting device (Supershier) with both hands (his left hand on the bottom where the blade expands and retracts, and his right hand on the machine body). Employee #1 pulled the hydraulic hoses taught to reach a catalytic converter underneath a vehicle that was elevated on a rack. He inadvertently activated the machine's power controls. When the machine's slow-moving blade partially amputated his left middle finger, Employee #1 activated the reverse button on the machine's hand switch to retract the blade. Employee #1 was transported to several urgent care facilities by a supervisor before being taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. After four days in this hospital, his middle finger was surgically amputated.
Keywords: portable power tool, shearing machine, amputated, shear, automotive repair, start button, finger, caught between, hydraulic tool, automobile
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125944843 Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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