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Accident: 201143419 - Employee Injured While Reaching Into Machine

Accident: 201143419 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 01/13/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30534919301/29/20033081Brawny Plastics West Inc
At approximately 1:00 a.m. on January 13, 2003, Employee #1 was working for an employer that produced stretch film and custom poly bags for commercial purposes. The employee was working alone, reprocessing scrap material by running it through a grinder/extruder machine. The machine was not working properly and the employee turned the power off. He observed some plastic near the motor's unguarded V-belt. While the belt was turning, the employee reached in to remove the plastic. His right hand was caught by the moving belt. The employee suffered an amputation of his right ring finger and fractures to his index and middle fingers. He was transported to St. Joseph of Orange Hospital for treatment.
Keywords: fracture, amputated, finger, machine operator, lockout, caught between, v-belt
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305349193 Hospitalized injury Amputation Crushing and grinding machine operators

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