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Accident: 202443842 - Employee Amputates Finger In Overhead Gantry Crane

Accident: 202443842 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 07/14/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At approximately 10:40 p.m. on July 14, 2006, Employee #1 was using a 2-ton capacity overhead gantry crane to remove a 3,200-pound "Motive Energy" battery from a rack. The lifting arm of the crane was connected to two lifting hooks on the battery. The lifting arm was equipped with two parallel, metal, 0.875-inch diameter trunnions mounted on the top at each end. The load pins of the lifting hooks were secured by a single rubber tie strap placed diagonally across two trunnions on each end of the lifting arm. During the lifting process, the crane block inadvertently hit the top of the rack, which caused the load to rock. The load pin suddenly jumped and the employee's left little finger became pinned between the trunnion and the load pin. He sustained an amputation of his finger and was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA for surgery. The employee was released without being hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, warehouse, finger, pinned, gantry crane, overhead crane, storage rack
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125942912 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Hoist and winch operators

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