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Accident: 170004212 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Plywood Clipper

Accident: 170004212 -- Report ID: 1055310 -- Event Date: 01/05/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11143703401/05/19942421Bayview Plywood Co Inc
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on December 12, 1993, Employee #1 and two coworkers were working a scarfer machine making specialty plywood. Employee #1 was the press operator and a coworker was the off-bearer who removed the plywood after it came through the clipper. Another coworker was the loader; his work station is at the far end of the scarfer machine. The off bearer said that the plywood came through the clipper but was not trimmed to the proper lengths. At that time, Employee #1 came to the back of the clipper (between the coworker and the clipper) and was trying to feed plywood back through the clipper when his left hand slipped into the clipper under the knife. At the same time the plywood slid sideways under the electric eye that trips the clipper. Four fingers on Employee #1's left hand were amputated. There was no guard on the clipper and no device to render the electric eye inoperable.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, slip, saw, lumber, automatic restart, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111437034 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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