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Accident: 171057656 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated When Injured In Drill Press

Accident: 171057656 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 05/25/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12680355005/26/19993519Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing

Employee #1 placed an engine head on a rotating repair station attached to a swing arm drill press machine, but forgot to secure the head to the station with the lock bolts. He then went to another work station for a different task; he returned a few moments later, still not realizing that he had not secured the head to the repair station. Employee #1 was attempting to rotate the head when it began to fall. He kept holding the head to prevent it from hitting the floor, smashing his right thumb between it and a metal table. Attempts to surgically repair or rebuild his damaged thumb failed, and it was amputated to the knuckle.

Keywords: amputated, unsecured, work rules, thumb, caught between, drill press, inattention

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126803550 Hospitalized injury Amputation Bus, truck and stationary engine mechanics

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