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Accident: 201480910 - Employee Hand Amputated When He Stuck It In Running Baler

Accident: 201480910 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 11/04/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11979463402/11/19984212Winton Disposal
At approximately 12:00 p.m. on November 4, 1997, Employee #1 working for Winton Disposal, who engages in picking up and processing refuse and recyclable material, was operating a baler. Employee #1 and a co-worker were operating the baler and were in the process of packaging a box when the balers wire got caught. Employee #1 reached into the baler and tried to untangle the wire and his hand was caught by the moving ram. Employee #1 suffered an amputation of the right hand at the wrist. The primary cause of the injury was a failure to have the appropriate point of guard installed on the baler.
Keywords: baler door, guard, unguarded live parts, baler, hand, unguarded, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119794634 Hospitalized injury Amputation Garbage collectors

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