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Accident: 202486171 - Employee'S Finger Injected With Asphalt Emulsion

Accident: 202486171 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/13/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31041362011/16/20071761Watson Contractor Inc
At approximately 12:00 noon on August 13, 2007, Employee #1, a roofing foreman, was using a high pressure, 5,000 psi roofing rig to spray an asphalt emulsion onto a commercial roof. The gun's spray tip became clogged and, in an effort to clear it, Employee #1 rotated the tip, a procedure he had done several times already that morning. As he was turning the end, the blockage discharged. The spray tip shifted under the residual pressure, and asphalt emulsion was injected deep into Employee #1's right ring finger. He was hospitalized for three days and underwent surgery to remove the asphalt from inside his finger. This method of clearing the spray tip was contrary to the manufacturer's written instructions.
Keywords: roof, finger, work rules, construction, clogged, high pressure, hot asphalt, spraying rig, accidental discharge, pressure release
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310413620 Hospitalized injury Puncture Roofers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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