Modified Drill Socket Causes Severe Finger Trauma
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Maintenance

A worker at the Advanced Test Reactor was injured while using a cordless 18 volt 1/2" drive drill with an adapter consisting of a shortened extension bar welded to a 1/2" socket which was being used to operate a Pole Hoist to lower a package to the floor. The adapter had been modified to accept a wire loop lanyard through the extension bar shaft. While operating the drill, the wire lanyard wrapped around the workers finger causing severe trauma to the middle finger of the left hand which resulted in a partial amputation of the finger.

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