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Accident: 201484615 - Employee Injured While Using Hydraulic Wrench

Accident: 201484615 -- Report ID: 0950627 -- Event Date: 02/11/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12573882302/15/20021799Flowserve Corportion
Employee # 1, working in the hydrogen production unit of a petroleum refinery, was using a Hytorc 4XCLT hydraulic wrench to remove nuts from studs that were holding the head onto the end of a heat-exchanger. The wrench is designed to be abutted against a stationary object and held in place during operation, until the nut breaks free. The employee placed the wrench on the nut with his left hand and activated the wrench using a remote button with his right hand. He had not positioned the wrench against a stationary object, and his fingers were between the wrench handle and the heat-exchanger flange. As the wrench tightened on the nut, it turned and pinched the employee's hand against the flange. Employee # 1 suffered a partial amputation of his left ring finger.
Keywords: rotating parts, amputated, finger, caught between, hydraulic tool, heat exchanger, hand tool, refinery
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 1 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125738823 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Mechanical engineering technicians

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