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Accident: 100865.015 - Employee'S Fingertip Is Amputated When Caught Between Unguar

Accident: 100865.015 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 11/13/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1278216.01511/20/2017Elite Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
At 6:45 a.m. on November 13, 2017, Employee #1, a press brake operator, was oper ating an Amada 50 ton hydraulic press brake, Number PB3, model number RG-5020LD, serial number 50200038, with a manufactured date of 1999. The employee was atte mpting to do two separate bends for each of 100 - 200 small brackets, 1.25 inche s long by 0.35 inches wide. He hand fed each blank metal part into the unguarded point-of-operation between the upper and lower dies vertical opening of 0.5 in ches, standing one to two feet away, forming them using a foot-treadle cycle act uation. The employee initiated each hazardous cycle by stepping on the horizonta l bar-type foot pedal affixed to the machine's lower bed. During this production operation, Employee #1 inserted a work piece into the unguarded point-of-operat ion between upper and lower dies and while holding on to it, stepped on the foot pedal to actuate the cycle. The lower die started moving up against the station ary upper die and Employee #1's left index fingertip, which was holding onto the part about to be formed, was caught in between the dies, resulting in an amputa tion. Emergency response was called and the employee was transported to the hos pital for his injury, where he was treated and released.
Keywords: amputation, caught between, die, finger, foot-powered press, machine guarding, point of operation, press brake, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1278216.015 49 M Non Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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