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Accident: 510032 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Compactor/Baler

Accident: 510032 -- Report ID: 1054115 -- Event Date: 01/29/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12672589401/30/19984212Sanitary Disposal Inc
Employee #1, of Sanitary Disposal, Inc., was operating a cardboard compactor/baler. He was removing some extraneous wire from inside the tie enclosure when his hand became entangled in the wire twisters in the bale tie mechanism. He was unable to remove his hand before the tie mechanism cycled, and three of his fingers were amputated. Employee #1 received first aid and was transported by ambulance to the local hospital and then to a larger hospital in Portland. Surgery to reattach his fingers was not successful. Employee #1 did not stop the machine prior to opening the tie enclosure nor did he activate the emergency STOP button on top of the enclosure.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, caught by, emergency stop, lockout, baler, entangled, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126725894 Hospitalized injury Amputation Compressing and compacting machine operators

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