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Accident: 202457644 - Hvac Mechanic Is Severely Injured By Rotating Shaft

Accident: 202457644 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 02/27/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31338624503/06/20127623Artic Mechanical Inc.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on February 27, 2012, Employee #1, a 45-year-old male HVAC mechanic, was doing refrigeration maintenance at a retail drug store to evaluate and repair the source of the water leak. At the time of the accident, the employee was running the HVAC unit to observe how the water was draining from the second floor housing of the fan and condenser coil. As he bent down to adjust the drain pan, the back part of his jacket was caught by an unguarded rotating shaft of the air conditioning fan. He struggled and freed himself as he was being pulled into the machinery, but not before receiving substantial lacerations to his head, face, and shoulders. He was hospitalized for three days for his injuries, which also included partial amputation of his ear lobe. Investigation also revealed that the HVAC unit should have been deenergized, disengaged or mechanically blocked prior to the repair. The findings also showed that use of proper extension tools also could have prevented injury.
Keywords: clothing, compressor, head, amputated, air conditioner, ear, lockout, laceration, extension handle, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313386245 Hospitalized injury Fracture Specified mechanics and repairers

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