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Accident: 201157179 - Employee Sustains Amputated Finger When Caught In Lawn Mower

Accident: 201157179 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 02/18/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086149903/11/20030711Best Landscaping
At approximately 9:27 a.m. on February 18, 2003, Employee #1 of Best Landscaping was cutting grass with a 36-in. eXmark Metro Lawn Mower when the belt came off the pulley. Employee #1 became aware of this problem because the grass was not being cut. He put the mower in neutral and then pulled up the handle that disengaged the pulley, and stopped the blade from turning. Employee #1 then removed the cover that guarded the belt and pulley and noticed that the belt was off of the pulley as suspected. With the motor still on, Employee #1 bent over and picked up the belt. He attempted to place the belt onto the pulley with his right hand. Employee #1's right index finger was between the belt and pulley when the pulley became engaged. Employee #1 sustained amputation to his right index finger and was transported to Eisenhower Medical Center where he was hospitalized for 1 day.
Keywords: amputated, cover, belt, finger, guard, lawn mower, pulley
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300861499 Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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