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Accident: 201146305 - Employee Suffers Amputation Using Lawn Mower

Accident: 201146305 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 10/15/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12595122811/09/20048661St Paul'S Presbyterian Church
On October 15, 2004, Employee #1, a custodian at a church, was using a Craftsman (Model Number 917.377543; Serial Number 120298M 008403) rear-bag push-type mower with a 22-in. blade to mow the lawn at a church. Employee #1 had just finished mowing the lawn and let go of the "dead-man" control on the handle to shut the lawn mower off. The mower did not automatically shut off. Unsure of what the problem was, Employee #1 reached underneath the blade housing with his left hand in order to lift the right side of the mower and the rotating blade amputated his middle and ring finger up to the first knuckle. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: maintenance, amputated, finger, lawn mower, blade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125951228 Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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