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Accident: 201113743 - Employee Injures Finger In Baling Machine

Accident: 201113743 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 01/30/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12608569505/23/20025093Pick Your Parts
At 9:45 a.m. on January 30, 2002, Employee #1, a laborer with Pick Your Part, a metal salvage company in Sun Valley, CA, was cleaning an area around a Nichols Conveyor Baler (Model Number LA006HD86, Serial Number 6755). After he noticed a piece of license plate sticking out of the protective slits in the baler, he tried to force the license plate back into the machine with a pry bar. The machine operator raised the ram, causing the pry bar to become wedged in the baler. This pinned Employee #1's left hand between the pry bar and the license plate. He was hospitalized at Valley Occ-Medical Center in San Fernando, CA for an amputated tip of his left middle finger. Although he was not assigned to the baler machine, Employee #1 was aware he broke a safety rule regarding pinch points for which he received prior training.
Keywords: amputated, finger, cleaning, caught between, baler, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126085695 Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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