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Accident: 201081478 - Employee'S Hand Crushed When Caught In Machine

Accident: 201081478 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 12/14/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On December 14, 1998, Employee #1 attempted to clear a jam in a bagging machine for a hydro-mulch producer. A supervisor was called over to the machine to assist in clearing the jam. The supervisor stated that he had instructed the employee to get a hydro-washer to unclog the machine. Thinking that Employee #1 had left the immediate area, the supervisor "hand" cycled the machine in order to check a weak weld. Instead of getting the hydro washer, the employee picked up an air hose and was using that to try to get the bale of mulch out of the machine. When the machine cycled, Employee #1's hand was caught in the "door" portion of the ram action and was crushed. The employee was hospitalized as a result of the injury.
Keywords: machinist, work rules, jammed, lockout, caught between, crushed, air hose, baler, water hose, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300796752 Hospitalized injury Other Compressing and compacting machine operators

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