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Accident: 14542096 - Employee'S Heart Pierced By Piece Of Flying Copper Wire

Accident: 14542096 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 05/14/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
162956705/15/19843357Laribee Wire Inc
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS OPERATING A COPPER WIRE DRAWING MACHINE. THE COPPER WIRE IN USE WAS .0375 INCHES IN DIAMETER. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING ABOUT 5 FEET FROM THE GUARDED TAKE-UP REEL, OBSERVING ANOTHER MACHINE. AT THIS TIME, A WIRE BREAK OCCURRED IN EMPLOYEE #1'S MACHINE. ALL SAFETY DEVICES AND BRAKES FUNCTIONED PROPERLY. AS THE MACHINE WAS BEING BROUGHT TO A STOP, A PIECE OF WIRE LESS THAN A HALF INCH IN LENGTH PIERCED EMPLOYEE #1'S CHEST, PENETRATING HIS HEART AND LUNG. HE DIED AS A RESULT OF INTERNAL BLEEDING. THERE HAD BEEN NO PREVIOUS DIFFICULTIES WITH THIS TYPE OF EQUIPMENT.
Keywords: chest, heart, lung, metal wire, wire drawing machine, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1629567 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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