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Accident: 202475729 - Employee Amputates Fingertip While Pushing Pallet

Accident: 202475729 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 02/14/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266054103/23/20092033Langer Juice Company Inc
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on February 14, 2009, an employee, an experienced line worker and a coworker, a helper were both moving equipment, a plastic bin and a pallet used for storing production parts located near line 3, as part of cleaning an area for a company audit. While pushing this plastic bin, approximately 30 inches high and 44.5 inches wide, with a heavy pallet stacked above it, this equipment apparently struck a fixed object which caused the pallet to slide forward and either fall atop or strike the employee's right middle finger. The impact caused the avulsion of the fingernail and the loss of the fingertip about halfway through the nail bed. The accident was caused by the employee pushing and dragging heavy pieces of equipment, rather than using a pallet jack. The employee was not hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, degloved, struck by, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312660541 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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