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Accident: 14499966 - Employee'S Arm Amputated In Die Casting Machine

Accident: 14499966 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 07/25/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10331264107/25/19893364Rheocast Company
Employee #1 was on the second shift operating a brass die casting machine when the shot rod became stuck. Employee #1 reached into the die area with his left hand to position a bar into the rod cavity. He then activated the manual cycle and the die closed, amputating his left arm 4 in. above the wrist. Employee #1 failed to slow down the cycle; he also failed to use tongs to prevent limb exposure. The employer failed to properly train Employee #1 on acceptable procedures. A foreman and set-up person also were noted to hand-hold the bar at times, thus setting an improper example.
Keywords: die, amputated, stuck, work rules, arm, hand tool, die casting machine, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103312641 Hospitalized injury Amputation Molding and casting machine operators

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