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Accident: 201169620 - Employee Amputates Fingers While Working Baggage Conveyor

Accident: 201169620 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/17/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12619979311/29/20074512American Airlines
At approximately 12:20 p.m. on November 17, 2007, Employee #1 was working at the top of baggage conveyor pier Number 2 and was resting his hand on the conveyor belt. The baggage conveyor system's sensors are designed to detect outbound baggage coming down the chute; the sensors automatically trigger the conveyor belt to run when the baggage come down the chute. At the time of the incident, there was baggage coming down the conveyor and the photo eye sensors triggered the conveyor belt to run while Employee #1 rested his hand at the tail end pulley of the conveyor belt. The top conveyor belt pulled Employee #1's hand through an unguarded opening and wedged it between the tail end pulley of the conveyor belt and the transfer ramp. Employee #1 sustained serious multiple fingers amputations. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, baggage conveyor, finger, caught by, conveyor, conveyor belt, unguarded, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126199793 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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