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Accident: 202718540 - Employee Amputates Finger In Meat Bandsaw

Accident: 202718540 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 11/11/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31621485701/23/20145411Yucaipa Trading Co. Inc. Dba Rio Ranch Market
At approximately 1:15 p.m. on November 11, 2013, Employee #1, with Yucaipa Trading Company Inc. Dba Rio Ranch Market, was helping customers who were ordering the various items located in the meat department. Employee #1's manager was cutting a "west coast chuck steak" into smaller pieces, using a HOBART (Model Number: 5801). Then, the manager ordered Employee #1 to finish cutting the steak into smaller pieces, while the manager went to assist in the cream department. The manager left Employee #1 unsupervised. Employee #1 had not performed this work before. Employee #1 started to cut the steak approximately ten ins. by ten ins. by ten ins. in dimension. After cutting about five to six pieces, a piece of the meat (a nerve from the steak) got caught onto the blade of the saw, pulling the entire steak towards the saw, as Employee #1 was cutting pieces. When this happened, Employee #1 was able to pull his right hand out, but his left hand was still around the steak. The steak drew his left hand into the point of operation. Employee #1 called a coworker to help him with the injury. Eventually, emergency response personnel were contacted. Employee #1 was then hospitalized and treated for an amputated finger. Employee #1 had not adjusted the guard rail properly enough for the steak to be cut, because Employee #1 thought that the manager had done it already. In addition, Employee #1 found the guard hard to adjust.
Keywords: amputated, bandsaw, finger, rotating knife, meat slicing machine, jammed, point of operation, blade, untrained, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316214857 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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