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Accident: 14456131 - Finger Amputated In Punch Press

Accident: 14456131 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 12/12/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
327566612/14/19843496Wire & Metal Products Inc
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING ON A BENCH MASTER PUNCH PRESS, STAMPING OUT AND FORMING FLAT WIRE (1/4 INCH) BACK STRAPS. HE HAD BEEN WORKING FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE STRAPS, AFTER BEING CUT AND FORMED, HAD TO BE MANUALLY REMOVED FROM THE DIE. THE STANDARD PROCEDURE WAS TO USE A SCREWDRIVER TO PRY THE STRAP LOOSE FROM THE DIE. ONE TIME, HOWEVER, THE EMPLOYEE REACHED IN WITH HIS FINGERS TO PULL THE STRAP LOOSE. THE PRESS, WHICH WAS NOT ANCHORED TO THE FLOOR, HAD "WALKED" FORWARD, WEDGING THE OPERATORS FOOT BETWEEN THE FOOT PEDAL AND THE OPERATOR'S STOOL. SINCE THE OPERATOR COULD NOT REMOVE HIS FOOT FROM THE CONTROL PEDAL, THE PRESS REMAINED ENERGIZED. IT CYCLED SEVERAL TIMES. ON THE SECOND CYCLE THE OPERATOR'S FINGER WAS CAUGHT IN THE DYE. A PORTION OF THE FINGER WAS AMPUTATED.
Keywords: die, amputated, unsecured, finger, foot control, punch press, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3275666 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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