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Accident: 201181443 - Finger Caught Between Sheave And Cable And Amputated

Accident: 201181443 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 11/05/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12562017901/27/20031791C E Toland & Son
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on November 5, 2002, four employees were hoisting steel angles using an electric winch and pulleys. The angles were 6 in. by 6 in. by .75 in. They were using scaffolding on the exterior of the building and had set up a winch to raise the angles. They were hoisting the angles between the scaffolding and the exterior of the building, then passing the angles through the window. Two coworkers were working on the ground, one operating the winch. The employee and another coworker were working from the scaffolding. No tag line was being used to control the load and the hoist cables became tangled when they started to hoist the angle. The employee climbed up the scaffold to the last stage to untangle the cables. He grabbed the hoist cable to twist it with his hand, and called out "OK ". The coworker on the ground started the winch again while the employee continued to guide the load by grabbing the hoist cable. His finger got caught between the sheave and the cable and a portion of his right index finger tip was amputated. He was moved to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.
Keywords: amputated, wire rope, finger, construction, hoist, caught between, tag line, hoistline
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 6
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125620179 Hospitalized injury Amputation Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Steel Erection Of Solid Web-Landing Materials (Hoi
FatCause: Other

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