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Accident: 115679.015 - Employee Amputates Fingertips In Hydraulic Press

Accident: 115679.015 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 04/18/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1395732.01504/24/2019Ultratec Special Effects (Hsv) Inc.
At 1:00 p.m. on April 18, 2019, an employee was working for a firm that manufact ured miscellaneous chemical products and preparations. She was filling loading c up on the firm's universal swing arm press Number USAP2 with pyrotechnic materia l, 57mm (2.25-inch) LD orange nitrate product. The press was one of two located in the firm's Building A8. They were custom-designed, proprietary equipment. The re was a gap in the glass acrylic (plexiglass) guard that allowed workers to get two fingers in between the hydraulic ram and the loading cup. When the worker p ushed the cycle button, the ram came down into the cup, and the needles on the b ottom mandrel came up through the cup. The ram moved down and up as part of an a utomated cycle. The operator controls did not require both hands to initiate the cycle, and the pushbutton did not have to be held down to complete the cycle. O n this occasion, the fingertips of the employee's middle and ring fingers on her right hand were amputated when her fingers were inadvertently in the danger zon e. She was not hospitalized. For abatement, the employer replaced the guards to minimize the gap, so that fingertips could not fit into the gap.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, die, finger, fingertip, hydraulic press, machine guarding, press, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1395732.015 54 F Non Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified

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