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Accident: 201162823 - Employee'S Arm Amputated After Caught In A Garneting Machine

Accident: 201162823 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 06/25/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12610050206/25/20013081Welmark Textile Inc
At approximately 8:16 a.m on June 25, 2001, Employee # 1 of Welmark Textile, Inc. was operating the garnet machine with a coworker. He was measuring the length and width of the sheet coming out of the machine when he heard a loud noise from the machine; he turned off machine and opened the rolls; he then tried to pull out a piece of plastic sheet from the rolls which at this time had not fully stopped; that his right hand got pulled into the rolls instead; the rolls finally stopped but had bitten off up to his elbow. Employee # 1 was hospitalized. The employer is a manufacturer of cushion materials made from synthetic polyester fibers. These fibers come in bales and spread into measured thickness by garneting machines. Garneting machines are composed of rolls with comb-like surface to take out and spread predetermined thickness of materials on a conveyor belt; several layers of these are then stacked, heated and then rolled into rolls.
Keywords: garnett machine, amputated, caught by, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126100502 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous textile machine operators

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