Department of Labor
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Blaster Severed Finger
A blaster recently severed a finger at a District 8 surface mine. Using a Mack ANFO truck, the blaster was in the process of loading overburden bore holes when the auger became clogged. The blaster then removed the access door located near the lower portion of the auger housing. With the auger still turning, the blaster slapped at the auger with the back of his left hand and his glove became entangled in the turning auger. Before he could remove his hand, the auger severed the middle finger of his left hand at the first joint just below the fingernail. The ring finger and little finger also received avulsion type injuries to their tips. First aid was administered and the blaster was transported to a nearby medical facility where surgery was performed. It is uncertain when he will return to work.
- Guards and inspections/access covers shall remain securely in place while machinery is in operation.
- Maintenance shall not be performed on machinery until the power is off and the machinery is blocked against motion.
- Follow company safety rules.
- Maintain equipment in good repair.
This information was provided by concerned
miners in an effort to eliminate accidents. Accident or "close
call" information within District 8 may be shared by contacting
the MSHA office at (812) 882-7617.