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Accident: 201796695 - Employee Injured While Operating A Cutter

Accident: 201796695 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 11/09/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12608689111/25/20022741Plastech Specialties

At approximately 9:45 a.m. on November 9, 2002, Employee #1, a laminator, was using a cutter (Make: Harris-Seybold Division; Model: Citation CLB-5; Serial Number: 6218-1) to cut a 24-inch by 16-inch plastic sheet. This particular cutter has a two-hand control bar to lower the clamp, which requires both hands for operation, a clamp to hold the material, and a blade that does the cutting. Further, the machine has a bar pedal that can be used as a secondary control to slowly bring the clamp down to vary placement on the paper or plastic being cut. This control does not operate the blade. Employee #1 pressed the bar pedal to lower the clamp. For some reason, the tip of his left index finger was severed. The leading indicator was determined to be the lack of a guard on the cutters clamp, which has a pinch point between the clamp and the table. Employee #1 was not hospitalized for his injury.

Keywords: severed, finger, control lever, laceration, blade

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126086891 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Printing machine operators

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