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Accident: 201506177 - Falling Manhole Cover Amputates Employee'S Finger

Accident: 201506177 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 08/31/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30734064612/08/20058221Uc Berkeley Physical Plant
On August 31, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker were trying to lift a manhole cover with a lifting tool. The cover kept sliding back into its frame, so they simultaneously lifted the cover to a height of 4 in. with their hands. The coworker lost his grip, and the cover slipped back into the frame. Employee #1 had not let go, and the falling cover caught his hand in the pinch point. Employee #1 sustained an amputation of the middle finger of his right hand to the first knuckle. He was taken to the Webster Orthopaedic Medical Group, where he was hospitalized for his injury.
Keywords: manhole cover, amputated, finger, caught between, nip point, falling object, lost control, manhole, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307340646 Hospitalized injury Amputation Engineering technicians, n.e.c.

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