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Accident: 14449284 - Employee'S Thumbs Amputated In Punch Press

Accident: 14449284 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 03/17/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10457230004/21/19863679Bureau Of Engraving, Inc.
Employee #1 was attempting to install dies in the bottom ram of a 3-plated hydraulic punch press. He was adjusting the dies to line up the bolt holes when the press cycled. Employee #1's thumbs were amputated when they were caught between the top of the upper die and the frame of the press. There was a wooden bar near the press that could be used to circumvent the two-hand control so both of the worker's hands would be free to insert the die bolts. After the accident, Employee #1 said that he was not using the bar, but was planning to use it once the die holes were lined up with the bolts. Employee #1 claimed that the press cycled by itself. The cause of the accident could not be fully determined.
Keywords: die, amputated, work rules, thumb, two-hand control, point of operation, hydraulic press, press operator, punch press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104572300 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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