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Accident: 789511 - Employee'S Cheekbone Fractured When Struck By Pipe Wrench

Accident: 789511 -- Report ID: 1054115 -- Event Date: 04/14/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11577865604/14/19942436Columbia Forest Probucts Inc
At or about 1:00 p.m. on April 2, 1994, Employee #1 and a coworker, millwrights for Columbia Forest Products, Inc., were changing the tail side small chuck on an 8 ft veneer lathe. While they were trying to loosen the chuck, the spindle extension started to rotate. To hold the spindle extension, Employee #1 placed a pipe wrench on the extension, intending to block it against the lathe carriage. When the coworker engaged the lathe throttle in order to tighten the wrench the spindle accelerated faster than expected, causing the wrench to strike Employee #1 in the face. He suffered a fractured cheekbone and was hospitalized at Merle West Medical Center in Klamath Falls, OR.
Keywords: fracture, lathe, maintenance, rotating shaft, pipe wrench, millwright, spindle, struck by, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115778656 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machinery maintenance occupations

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