Beam Amputates Finger (KV110)


What Happened?

At 11:45 a.m. on March 28, 2017, an employee was loading a flatbed trailer and lifted a steel beam using a crane hook. The employee caught their thumb tip on their left hand when the beam slipped off the hook and amputated his thumb. 

Contributing Factors

The employee's hands were constantly in the line of fire while completing his work.   

What Can We Learn?


Using his Questioning Attitude would have made him consider the likelihood vs consequence of getting his thumb caught.

A Self-Check would have helped the employee identify the ongoing risks as he would have used the S.T.A.R. method to properly perform his work (Stop, Think, Act, and Review).. 


Overconfidence was a factor in this incident. The employee left his hand in the line of fire and exposed himself to an error likely situation.


Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?