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Accident: 654079 - Employee'S Arm Ripped From Body By Conveyor Belt

Accident: 654079 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 05/03/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10913229005/03/19944953S. Joseph Dimaggio General Contracting
On April 30, 1994, Employee #1 was adjusting the idler pulley on a conveyor belt on a Multitek screening machine while the machine was idling. As the employee turned the adjustment screw with a 12 inch forged steel wrench, the top of the wrench was caught by the metal lacing retaining pin on the conveyor belt. Employee #1 gripped the wrench with his right hand and attempted to pull the wrench free. As the wrench bent approximately 45 degrees toward the idler pulley, the rubber belt stretched and released, ripping Employee #1's forearm, wrist, and hand off the bone at the elbow. Attempts to surgically reattach the arm failed.
Keywords: maintenance, amputated, forearm, caught by, conveyor belt, hand, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109132290 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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