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Accident: 202471561 - Falling Cylinder Crushes Employee'S Right Hand

Accident: 202471561 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 02/16/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482847602/27/20127353Quinn Co.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on February 16, 2012, Employee #1 assisted a coworker with making repairs to a leaking hydraulic cylinder on a 3-point hitch frame. They raised the hitch using a 10-ton overhead hoist. Employee #2 removed the retaining bolt and drove the rod end pin out. They lowered the hitch but it caught on a rod of the lift cylinder. Employee #2 tried to pry the hitch down but it was stuck. He asked Employee #1 for assistance. Employee #1 controlled the hoist and Employee #2 raised the hydraulic cylinder. One of the chains being used broke and Employee #2 lowered the hitch again and rewrapped the chain around the hitch twice. He went back to the cab and Employee #1 knelt by the hitch controlling the hoist, and, with his right hand, tried to move the drawbar back and forth to release the cylinder. Employee #2 started to retract the hydraulic cylinder and heard a loud bang. The hitch dropped onto Employee #1's right hand. Emergency Services were called and Employee #1 was taken by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center where he was hospitalized for two days.
Keywords: chain, hoisting mechanism, hydraulic cylinder, crushed, laceration, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314828476 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Farm equipment mechanics

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