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Accident: 202317996 - Employee'S Finger Is Amputated When Flange Beam Falls

Accident: 202317996 -- Report ID: 0950653 -- Event Date: 03/09/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31598251204/03/20121629Tic The Industrial Company
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012, Employee #1, an Ironworker Helper, was sliding a 30 ft. long, wide flange beam weighing approximately 540 lbs., and when it fell on his left hand, amputating the left index finger at the first distal joint. When the beam fell Employee #1 left index finger was caught between the pinch point created by the bottom flange of the beam and the concrete about 18 in. below. The employee did not report the amputation to the Division and the Division learned about the amputation during an unrelated complaint investigation on April 3, 2012. Employee #1 should have used a bar or a material handling device such as a crane or a forklift to move and slide the 540 lb. beam but no material handling equipment was available. There were no known California Code of Regulations Title 8 violations associated with this accident and there was no thresholds specified as to what size or weight of materials might require material handling equipment.
Keywords: beam, amputated, finger, iron worker, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Pipeline New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 4
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315982512 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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