Safety Alert – Finger Injury

Safety Alert – Finger Injury

A recent incident of a finger injury in one of the mines occurred when an employee put his hand into the belt guard of a slurry sump pump to check condition of the belt. Whilst in the process, the left fingers of the employee caught between the pulley and the belt when the pump rotated backwards induced by backflow of water in the discharge line. The employee sustained a self-amputating injury to tip of the left hand 4th finger.

Hand and fingers are often the body parts nearest to the line of fire and therefore; the risk assessments and controls need to focus on lowering the exposure of hand and fingers to hazards that can cause serious injury…

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