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Accident: 201203106 - Employee'S Fingers Are Amputated By Chain And Sprocket

Accident: 201203106 -- Report ID: 1054114 -- Event Date: 12/22/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30941941412/23/20058062Mid Valley Healthcare Inc
At approximately 10:15 p.m. on December 22, 2005, Employee #1 was performing preventative maintenance on a running laundry ironer, when he was caught in a chain and sprocket drive. Employee #1 was greasing the various bearings, shafts and chains and had just finished in one area when he decided to remove access grease. Employee #1 used a towel and tried to make it smaller, when he wrapped the access material around his hand and reached into the running equipment. The moving chain caught the towel pulling it and Employee #1's hand through the chain and sprocket system. The tip of Employee #1's thumb and middle fingers were amputated, and the index and middle fingers were crushed. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for his injuries.
Keywords: chain, amputated, finger, cleaning, lockout, roller--mach/part, crushed, point of operation, sprocket, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309419414 Hospitalized injury Amputation Machinery maintenance occupations

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