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Accident: 14201024 - Employee'S Finger Amputated In Slitter Machine

Accident: 14201024 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 03/14/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
284138503/19/19862782Optic Graphics Incorporated
Employee #1 amputated the first joint of the index finger and lacerated the second joint of the middle finger on the left hand. Employee #1 was using a Kolbus Slitter #20, Serial Number KS-1056 (company designated). Employee #1 was threading a 48-inch-wide roll of vinyl approximately one eighth inch thick onto the machine rollers with cutters. Employee #1 had his left foot on the jogging foot bar to jog the machine. Employee #1 failed to pull enough vinyl off the roll and had to force feed it into the machine by pushing with downward pressure. Employee #1 forgot to remove the tension from the rubber automatic feed roller. The feed roller has a 56.5 inch roller with a 53-inch plastic guard over the cutters. Employee #1 had three weeks training on the job and seven weeks operating alone. Employee #1 disobeyed orders and ignored signage on the machine. There were no witnesses to the accident.
Keywords: amputated, threading machine, finger, guard, foot control, roller--mach/part, laceration, hand, foot
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2841385 Hospitalized injury Amputation Slicing and cutting machine operators

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