Finger Amputation

Brief Description of Incident

An employee was working on a large station transformer. His work required him to perform several activities on top of the transformer, which was accessed by way of a fixed ladder. Upon finishing his work, the employee started down the ladder, but lost his grip causing him to fall 8 – 9 feet. In attempting to arrest his fall, the employee reached out toward the fins of the transformer. His finger was caught between the fins and a supporting brace. The force of his fall caused his little finger to be pulled off. His co-worker administered first aid and transported him to hospital.

Observation: The employee was rushing to start the next phase of the work and wasn’t paying attention to the fact the ladder was slippery with oil and water.

Ladder (inside)