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Accident: 202452249 - Employee Amputates Finger When Caught Between Containers

Accident: 202452249 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 03/04/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At approximately 10:15 p.m. on March 4, 2006, Employee #1, a groundsman, and a coworker were assisting a crane operator in unloading containers at Track Number 113. Employee #1 was unlocking two 53-ft containers. There are four twist-locks located at each corner, latching the container and the chassis, when in the lock position. The twist-lock must be manually unlocked before the container can be lifted from its chassis onto the track. Employee #1 was standing on the railcar on one side, while the coworker was on the other side, both attempting to unlock the twist-lock at the corners. The coworker gave the crane operator a "thumbs up" signal to hoist from his side. The operator proceeded to raise the container, while Employee #1 was standing where he could not be seen from the crane operator's cab. The crane operator lifted the container and pinched Employee #1's left hand between the containers as it tilted. One of his fingers was amputated. He was not hospitalized for his injury.
Keywords: amputated, hoisting mechanism, finger, obstructed view, railroad car, caught between, crushed, containerized cargo, communication, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307167817 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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