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Accident: 201321445 - Employee Amputates Three Fingers In Valve

Accident: 201321445 -- Report ID: 0317900 -- Event Date: 08/19/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31297564208/19/20093088Harvel Plastics, Inc.
On August 19, 2009, Employee #1 and a coworker, an electrician, were clearing a jam. While holding a wire, Employee #1 inserted his hand into an ORTEX guillotine valve. At some point, someone leaned on a wire cage, used to hold the powder, which then tripped the scale. That activated the valve, which closed and amputated Employee #1's three fingers. After cutting his fingers, Employee #1 was held there until his coworker was able to release the valve. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, cleaning, electrician, jammed, caught between, point of operation, valve
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312975642 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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