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Accident: 201508645 - Employee Amputates Finger While Unclogging Molding Machine

Accident: 201508645 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 06/04/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31006434006/25/20083325Pacific Steel Casting Co
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on June 4, 2008, Employee #1 and a coworker, both maintenance mechanics, received an order to troubleshoot one of the molding machines in the molding department. Another coworker operated the forklift that raised Employee #1 and the coworker in a securely attached cage to the funnel chute cone of the molding machine that was at a height of approximately 10-ft. The employees found that they had to unclog the funnel chute. Employee #1 and his coworker unbolted the chute and were unbolting the funnel cone, but had not removed the chain that was still attached to the funnel cone. Employee #1 told the operator to raise the lift back up so that they could remove the slack of the chain to help remove the chain properly. The coworker removed the chain on his side while Employee #1 was still removing the chain on his side. The forklift operator had raised the cage up and the funnel cone was set on top of the guardrail of the cage. The funnel cone inadvertently pushed against Employee #1's finger and crushed it between the funnel and molding machine flange. Employee #1 sustained a crushing injury to his left middle finger and it was partially amputated. Employee #1 was treated and released from the hospital on the same day. Employee #1's finger was successfully reattached to his hand and he had twenty stitches to his finger.
Keywords: chain, amputated, finger, molding machine, clogged, industrial truck, elevated work plat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310064340 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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