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Accident: 14465470 - Employee'S Hands Amputated By Guillotine Shear

Accident: 14465470 -- Report ID: 0626300 -- Event Date: 05/07/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
143711005/07/19842782Vip Printing Inc Dba Vip Samples
Employee #1 was cutting material with a 50 in. Seybold Guillotine shear, serial #16580,equipped with two hand-trip buttons. The buttons had been installed to prevent employees from getting their hands into the blade area. Employee #1 had taped up one of the buttons and used his knee to trip the other button. He had both hands under the blade when he accidentally hit the untaped button with his knee. This activated a stroke of the blade, which amputated both of his hands just below the wrists. The distance from the trip buttons to the blade area was 26 inches. The shear blade made a complete cycle in one second.
Keywords: amputated, shear, work rules, two-hand control, guillotine shear, blade, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1437110 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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