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Accident: 96870.015 - Employee Amputates Fingers While Clearing Clogged Pump

Accident: 96870.015 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 06/27/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1244744.01507/05/2017Axium Foods, Inc.
At 6:45 p.m. on June 25, 2017, an employee and a coworker working in a snack chi p production operation had just finished reassembling a positive displacement pu mp and its associated tubing during a changeover to corn dough from flour dough. They noticed that the pump was not moving the corn dough. Both workers removed the four inch diameter pipe/tube from the outlet of the pump and ran the 10 hors epower motor/pump in an attempt to spit out the clog. The material still would n ot flow out of the outlet. Both workers looked but could not see a clog. The emp loyee placed his fingers inside of the four inch outlet port of the pump assembl y to attempt to locate a clog. The pump was still running and the employee's fin gertips made contact with the pinch point created inside the pump, severing his fingertips. The noise level from surrounding machines and ventilation in the are a contributed to the employee's misjudging the pump's unsafe state of operation. The employee's index and fingers were amputated and the ring finger tip of the right hand was lacerated. The employee was not hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, caught in, clogged, finger, laceration, pump
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1244744.015 32 M Non Hospitalized injury

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