Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident Summary Nr: 202463808 - Employee Amputates Fingertip When Drill Press Is Turned On

Accident Summary Nr: 202463808 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 06/09/2006
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
30083472806/22/20068734541380Core Laboratories

Abstract: At approximately 10:00 a.m. on June 9, 2006, Employee #1 was working as a core analyst for a medium-sized analysis company supporting the petroleum industry. He had been working for the company for 11.5 years, and he supervised employees in the drill room. He was troubleshooting a drill press. The drill press was used to drill into core samples to obtain a sample for analysis. Employee #1 asked a coworker, one of the operators, to turn off the cord- and plug-connected drill press. The machine was an MSC Industrial Supply Co. Model Number 951251 drill press, with Serial Number 941283, and it was located in the drill room with one other drill press. Employee #1 removed the cover guarding the speed-control belt and pulley and asked one of the two operators to turn the drill press on. The drill press had a 3-way switch (ON-OFF-ON). Employee #1, after examining the speed control, asked one of the two operators to turn the drill press off. One of the operators rotated the switch from ON to OFF and then mistakenly to ON. Employee #1, expecting the drill press to decelerate, placed his right hand within the nip point of the pulley. The middle finger of his right hand was crushed between the belt and the pulley of the speed control, resulting in an amputation of the tip of the finger, with bone loss. He was not hospitalized. Causal factors: The controls on the drill press was not labeled to indicate the "ON" and "OFF" positions. All motion was not stopped prior to the employee's reaching his hand into the danger zone. No California Title 8 standard was violated in connection with this incident.

Keywords: amputated, finger, oil well drilling, caught between, drill press, v-belt, nip point, pulley, unguarded

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation
1 300834728 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Science technicians, n.e.c.

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.