Serious injury: Fingers fractured after impact

May 3, 2018 Tara
Summary: A deputy suffered two fractured fingers after being hit with a conveyor stringer. The deputy was trying to remove a centre conveyor idler with the conveyor stringer. The deputy was pivoting the stringer off the bottom belt by standing on it. The tool slipped and jammed the fingers of his left hand against the belt stringer.

Recommendations to industry: Use fit-for-purpose equipment for the task. If the correct equipment is unavailable, the task should not be performed until the proper equipment is sourced. Correct equipment should be identified in procedures for routine tasks.

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