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Accident: 138148.015 - Employee Is Killed When Head Is Crushed In Press Brake

Accident: 138148.015 -- Report ID: 0352470 -- Event Date: 08/09/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1546808.01508/09/2021John Mezzalingua Associates, Llc
At 11:12 a.m. on August 9, 2021, an employee was using the foot pedal operating a Trumpf TrumaBend V130 143 Ton Hydraulic Press Brake to bend pieces of sheet m etal. When the press is stopped at its reference point, it has an opening measur ing approximately 12 inches between the upper and lower die trays 4 inches betwe en the upper and lower dies. The employee was repeatedly bending tabs on 10 inch by 3/4 inch pieces of 18 gauge metal while holding them by hand. There are no direct witnesses or video footage of the accident, therefore the following is sp eculation from the accident investigation. A piece of metal that the employee wa s attempting to bend at the time of the incident fell to the floor located insid e of the machine. The employee likely placed his head inside the machine to loca te the fallen piece of metal as the machine was in operation. The employee's hea d was caught in the press brake and crushed, killing him.
Keywords: caught in, crushed, die, die guard, head, hydraulic, hydraulic press, lockout, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, machine operator, mechanical power press, misjudgement, misjudgement of hazardous situation, power pr
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1546808.015 64 M Fatality Machine operators, not specified

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