Dangerous incident: Fingertip crushed and amputated

Summary: A driller’s index fingertip was crushed and amputated when the door of a blast hole drill rig was closed onto his finger. The operator had his hand resting on the door frame of the non-hinged side when another worker closed it. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Recommendations to industry: Workers are reminded to keep their hands clear of nip points and edges where objects could unexpectedly fall or close causing a crush injury.

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