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Accident: 106707.015 - Employee Amputates Thumb At Unguarded Shear Point

Accident: 106707.015 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 06/06/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1320688.01506/08/2018Superior Plastics Extrusion Company, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1321446.01506/08/2018Spherion Staffing, Llc
At 5:51 a.m. on June 6, 2018, Employee #1 arrived early for work and was greeted by the second shift extruder operator, who was working on Line 1. A sheet of plastic that was fed through the shear at the payoff end of the Bottenfield Gloucester extruder through a Wysong shear, came out crooked. Employee #1 reached in to move the plastic sheet back into position and the shear activated. The light curtain provided to guard the shear was not working, so when the employee reached near the point of operation, the shear did not stop. Employee #1 suffered an amputation to his right thumb. The employee was not hospitalized.
Keywords: point of operation, shear, unguarded, amputated, lockout, thumb
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1320688.015 32 M Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Helpers, mechanics and repairers
2 1321446.015 32 M Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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