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Report: Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation at Central Texas Refuse Inc. in Austin, Texas

DATE: 07/14/20

An employee was picking up trash on a route and operating the levers that put the sweep blade into motion to sweep recycling materials into the body of the rear-load truck. The sweep blade knocked some of the material out of the hopper. The employee was pushing material back into the hopper when his left hand was caught by the sweep blade. The thumb on his left hand was pinched and broken.

Report ID 2020076601  
Date 07/14/2020  
UPA 1623011  
Primary NAICS 562111  
Nature 111 Fractures
Part of Body 4420 Finger(s), fingernail(s), unspecified
Source 8424 Garbage, recycling, or refuse truck
Event 6412 Caught in running equipment or machinery during regular operation
Hospitalized Yes  
Amputation No  

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