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Accident: 201155801 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated After Contact With Blade

Accident: 201155801 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 04/07/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30085774505/01/20020782Mark S. Long Dba Great Outdoors Landscape Co.
At approximately 10:55 a.m. on April 7, 2002, Employee #1, a grass keeper employee, was unplugging grass from the discharge end pipe of the vacuum section of a sit-in lawnmower, a LAZERZ eXmark, model number LHP4818KC, with his right hand. Employee #1's right hand inadvertently came in contact with moving suction blades causing partial amputation of his right thumb. Employee #1 was taken to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California for treatment and surgery which was performed on a later date. Employee #1 did not ensure complete stopping of the suction blades nor did he utilize an extension tool to unplug the system. Employee #1 was hospitalized for 10 days.
Keywords: amputated, work rules, thumb, lockout, caught between, lawn mower, point of operation, blade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300857745 Hospitalized injury Amputation Recreation workers

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