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Accident: 828459 - Employee'S Finger Amputated In Paper Shredder

Accident: 828459 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 09/13/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11506242409/13/19945093Clinton Area Recycling
Employee #1 is a supervisor in a recycling center. When a paper shredder plugged up, Employee #1 shut the machine off and lifted a hinged guard to see if he could unclog the shredder. He reached into the opening and got caught by the cutting blades, which were coasting to a stop. Employee #1's left index finger was amputated. The guard was easily removed. Although there were no specific step by step procedures to lock out the machine, the employee failed to do so properly.
Keywords: amputated, paper shredder, finger, work rules, caught by, jammed, lockout, blade, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115062424 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors, production occupations

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