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Accident: 202466595 - Employee'S Fingers Are Amputated By Running Lawn Mower

Accident: 202466595 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 04/23/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31020138905/06/20080782C.P.Landscape Co., Inc.
On April 23, 2008, Employee #1, a groundskeeper of C.P. Landscape Company, Incorporated, was helping Employee #2 with a Honda powered lawn mower, because the lawn mower kept losing power and shutting off. Employee #2 was standing behind the lawnmower, and Employee #1 was kneeling down to the left side of the lawnmower and holding a pair of pliers in his right hand. Employee #1 was pulling on the accelerator cable and told Employee #2 to start and tilt the lawnmower up. With the lawnmower tilted up, Employee #2 pulled on the starter cable, and Employee #1's left hand, which was resting on top of the lawnmower casing, slipped and came in contact with the moving blade. This resulted in amputation of Employee #1's left little finger below the first joint, amputation of his ring finger below the first joint, and a severe laceration of his middle finger with reattachment at the hospital. In addition, his index finger required three stitches. Employee #1 was treated at Kaiser Hospital and released the same day. No Serious accident-related violation was reported.
Keywords: rotating parts, amputated, finger, laceration, lawn mower, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310201389 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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