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Accident: 115493.015 - Employee'S Finger Is Amputated In Nip Point

Accident: 115493.015 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 04/09/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1394237.01504/18/2019All-State Industries, Inc.
Between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on April 9, 2019, in the production area, Employ ee # 1 was operating an energized T-head press (Model HSP 588/10; Atom, oil dyna mic cutting press with movable trolley). He was setting up a machine for the mor ning shift. It was Employee # 1's first work day as a regular, full-time lead em ployee. Employee # 1 was using his left hand to operate a toggle switch and his right hand to move rubber material sheets through rollers. The subject control button functioned to both forward and reverse the rollers by turning it left or right. The material had some irregularities that made it difficult to feed. Empl oyee # 1's right hand was holding onto the material away from the ingoing nip po int attempting to keep the material's edge away from the opening in the table to feed it correctly. He reversed the movement of the rollers, so that the materia l could be backed out of the table. The movement of the rollers occurred so quic kly that Employee # 1 could not reflexively remove his right hand. His middle fi ngertip (distal phalanx) on right hand was caught between the two moving rollers . He forcefully pulled his fingertip out of the nip point and suffered amputatio n. He pressed another control to separate rollers, so that the detached fingerti p could be retrieved. There were no eye witnesses and no surveillance video of t he accident. He yelled for help and sought first aid from a coworker in the area . Employee # 1 was driven by a coworker to the emergency room. A further surgica l amputation for necessary wound care was performed later on April 9, 2019. He was not hospitalized. The employer permitted designated personnel to setup machi nes by manually feeding rubber material sheets through the rollers. The subject rollers' top-mounted safeguard above was not adequate, as it left a 2-inch openi ng allowing inadvertent access.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, caught between, caught in, die cutting press, electric switch, finger, fingertip, hand, nip point, press, set up, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1394237.015 26 M Non Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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