Alert 02 – 18 Handling Bottle Rack Results in Crushed Finger

Alert 02 – 18 Handling Bottle Rack Results in Crushed Finger


During a material handling incident a worker sustained a crushing injury to the tip of the 5th finger of his left hand. The worker was guiding a bottle rack that was being offloaded by a crane from the boat to the ground. The bottles in the rack were loosely secured with a chain and shifted when the rack was set on the ground. The shifting bottles caught the 5th finger on the left hand and it was crushed between one of the bottles and the angle iron frame of the rack. The skin and nail in the wound area from just above the fingernail was removed. A skin graft had to be applied to close the wound area due to contamination of the excised skin and nail tissue.

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