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Accident: 170066229 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Mechanical Power Press

Accident: 170066229 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 10/26/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10445459010/26/19925084Staley Supply Company
Employee #1 was operating a mechanical power press with a full revolution clutch to punch a neoprene-like material that would be used by the postal industry for mail sorting. This equipment was provided with an automatic air-powered material feeder; however, misaligned or exhausted material had to be fed manually. Employee #1 had his fingers in the danger zone while manually re-feeding the stock. The unit cycled, causing the ram head to come down on his fingers, trapping both hands. Employee #1 suffered full or partial amputation of fingers on both hands. A hand tool was available to prevent entry into the danger zone, but this tool was not used. This equipment lacked point of operation guarding, a single-stroke mechanism, and guarding for the foot pedal to avoid unintentional cycling of the ram head.
Keywords: amputated, power press, finger, work rules, point of operation, hand tool, press operator, punch press, unguarded, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104454590 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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