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Accident: 201613866 - Employee Suffers Avulsion On Left Arm In Machine

Accident: 201613866 -- Report ID: 1054113 -- Event Date: 05/23/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31170726905/29/20080139Golden Valley Farms Llc
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 23, 2008, Employee #1 was changing a roll of nylon banding on a hay baler. He climbed onto a platform approximately 3 ft high behind the hay baler to change the nylon roll. Before his shift, the machine malfunctioned. The guard to the rear of the machine was removed and maintenance completed; however, the guard was never replaced. As Employee #1 climbed down from the platform, he slipped on hay that was located on one of the steps. To steady himself, he reached out his left arm to grab the rear of the machine and inadvertently placed his left arm into the machine's mechanism. His arm was trapped by a sliding door, which squeezed the hay bale. As the door slid across the hay bale, it avulsed the skin from the arm. Employee #1 was transported to a medical center, where he received treatment and underwent surgeries, including skin grafts. Following the medical procedures, he was hospitalized.
Keywords: caught by, baler, slippery surface, arm, lost balance, mech malfunction, unguarded, door machine, machine--misc
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311707269 Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction

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