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Accident: 202493466 - Employee Amputates Fingertip In Filter

Accident: 202493466 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 08/11/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31651783808/21/20122044California Family Foods Llc
On August 11, 2012, Employee #1, with California Family Foods LLC, was attempting to clean a magnetic filter located in the conveyor system of a rice mill. The magnetic filter usually went through a self cleaning mode every four hours where an air cylinder moves the round magnetic rods past a series of wipers which cause any metal stuck to them to drop into a catch pan for later removal. As the filter went across the wipers, Employee #1 noticed a piece of wire that was still stuck to the magnet that did not drop off. Employee #1 then reached in to the filter area when he manually ran it through the cleaning mode with an override switch. Employee #1 amputated the tip of his right hand ring finger on the magnet filter between pinch points. Employee #1 apparently did not understand the speed or force in which the filter would return (cycle back) to the run position.
Keywords: magnet, grader, amputated, finger, cleaning, milling machine, caught between, conveyor, automatic restart
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316517838 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Graders and sorters, agricultural products

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