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Accident: 202496832 - Worker'S Fingers Are Amputated In Trash Compactor

Accident: 202496832 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 12/24/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31170116312/26/20074953Waste Management Of Maryland, Inc.
On December 24, 2007, two sanitation workers were collecting trash at a senior center using a garbage truck equipped with a mechanical dumper. Employee #1 placed a trash can in the totter and initiated the dumping function. He then saw a piece of paper behind the trash compacting blade, and reached into an opening to get the paper. His hand got caught between the blade and the garbage hopper, severing his right thumb and index finger. The worker was air-lifted to a trauma center, where his thumb was reattached; the index finger could not be reattached.
Keywords: amputated, finger, trash compactor, blade, blind reaching
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311701163 Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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