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Accident: 201145570 - Employee'S Fingers Are Injured By Mower Blade

Accident: 201145570 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 09/20/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12024696210/22/20040783O'Connell Landscape Maintenance
On September 20, 2004, Employee #1, with O'Connell Landscape Maintenance, was mowing grass with a 21-in. walk-behind mower (Kawasaki FC 150V, Serial Number 722, also known as the 21-in. Sensation, employer equipment number 44). When the mower's left front wheel became loose, he tried to tighten the wheel's mounting nut with an adjustable wrench, while the mower engine was on and the blade was rotating. The mower then began to move forward for an unknown reason, and Employee #1 placed his left hand on the front of the mower in an attempt to stop it. Employee #1's fingers then contacted the rotating blade. He was hospitalized for an amputation of his middle finger at the first knuckle, and lacerations on his index and ring fingers. There were no witnesses to this accident.
Keywords: wheel, amputated, repair, finger, laceration, lawn mower, struck by, blade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120246962 Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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