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Accident: 141772.015 - Employee Amputates Thumb In Improperly Programmed Press

Accident: 141772.015 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 12/03/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1567764.01512/08/2021Madix, Inc.

At 1:00 p.m. on December 3, 2021, an employee (Press Brake Operator) was process ing parts on the 135 T Cincinnati Hydraulic Press Brake. Coworker #1 setup the b rake press in the computer and did not set the press at the appropriate .025 inc h setting, which stops the brake as a safety feature to allow the employee to in itiate a cycle with the foot pedal. The coworker either did not notice that the brake was set to 7 inches or mistakenly set the brake to 7 inches. When the brak e is set to 7 inches, the light curtain can be bypassed, which removes this safe ty feature. The greater setting is run on parts that are large and would set the light curtain off preventing the employee from braking the larger pieces of ste el. Coworker #2, a Forklift Operator, was talking to the employee about there be ing two different sizes of steel that she was braking, and was reminding her to stake them on separate pallets. When the employee turned away, not realized the error Coworker #1 had made setting up the press, she placed her right thumb betw een the upper and lower brake press dies as the press cycled. The employee amput ated her thumb as a result and was hospitalized.

Keywords: amputated, amputation, bypass, bypass guard, caught between, computer operated, die, die safety device, finger, foot control, foot pedal, foot-powered press, guard, inexperience, insufficient supervision, lack of wo

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1567764.015 30 F Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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