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Accident: 170162606 - Employee'S Esophagus Punctured By Steel Sliver From Die

Accident: 170162606 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/18/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11998712109/02/19923731Nassco

At approximately 12:19 on August 18, 1992, Employee #1, a 29-year-old iron worker helper, had just changed the die set up on a punch press. When he cycled the press, a piece of the die chipped off and struck him in the throat. A nearby worker led Employee #1 to a rest area as medical assistance was called by a supervisor. Company paramedics arrived within 5 minutes, and city paramedics transported Employee #1 to a local hospital. The injury was caused by a 1 inch sliver of steel, which punctured the esophagus, requiring an emergency tracheotomy. Employee #1 was in an intensive care unit for two days and spent a total of five days in the hospital. He had not placed the machine in the inching mode after changing the die.

Keywords: throat, die, work rules, struck by, flying object, set up, punch press, puncture

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119987121 Hospitalized injury Puncture Punching and stamping press machine operators

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