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Accident: 201503547 - Employees Fingers Amputated Being Caught In Rollers

Accident: 201503547 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 10/22/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12563114310/29/20025031J E Higgins Lumber Co
At approximately 6:45 a.m. on October 22, 2002, Employee #1 was working for a wholesale lumber provider in Livermore, California. Employee #1's left hand was pulled into the in-running rollers of a Glue Spreader component of the Black Brothers Laminating Press in the Production Area. The employee's hand was degloved from the knuckles to the wrist, breaking a knuckle and causing severe nerve damage. Employee #1 was hospitalized for treatment at Valleycare Hospital in Pleasanton, California. Factors that contributed to the accident are that there was no extension tool used for holding the cleaning material, nor written instructions for glue spill cleanup, and there were no other means or methods provided to protect employees from the hazard of the power rollers.
Keywords: amputated, glue, finger, work rules, roller--mach/part, lumber, extension handle, press operator, press, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125631143 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Cementing and gluing machine operators

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