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Accident: 202469417 - Employee Amputates Finger In Blower'S Moving Parts

Accident: 202469417 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 07/08/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31243759307/16/20103728Ppg Aerospace
At approximately 7:15 a.m. on July 8, 2010, Employee #1, a maintenance mechanic, was investigating a noise emanating from a fan, which was situated on top of oven number 4. When on top of the oven, he lost his balance when he tripped over an electrical conduit. He placed his hand on moving parts of a blower to stabilize himself. As he did so, he caught his hand in the pinch point of a moving belt and pulley that operated the blower. The belt and pulley had a guard, but the guard was loose enough to allow his fingers to enter into the pinch point on the upper wheel. The moving parts amputated the fifth finger at the distal phalanx and crushed the fourth finger of his right hand. He was transported to a medical center where he received treatment and was hospitalized.
Keywords: maintenance, rotating parts, amputated, fan, electrical, conduit, mechanic, struck against, lost balance, machine--misc
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312437593 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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