2009-10-14 Employee cuts finger on trim table

Safety Alert Type: 
South Island Reman
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Employee was removing a pivot pin in for a board stop indicator (elephant ear) by holding the indicator with his rt hand and pushing the pin out with his left hand. While wiggling the indicator with his right to remove the pin he lost control with his rt hand. The pin came out and it dropped approx 2 inches landing on his left index finger which was pushing the pin out causing a cut requiring 3 stitches.


Upset Conditions:
1. Oil residue on elephant ear resulting in slippery
2. No gloves
3. Pin in elephant ear in awkward spot to work on
4. Failure to ask for assistance


Learnings and Suggestions: 


1. Assess the risk of the job to be done and plan your work.
2. Drill hole in elephant ear to act as safety pin to eliminate risk elephant ear dropping.
3. Wear appropriate gloves in this case gloves that can be used around lubricants and still maintain grip.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Flint Cavey

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