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Accident: 170154678 - Employee'S Fingers Injured When Hand Caught In Machine

Accident: 170154678 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 04/17/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11202134006/08/19923363W.L. Chapman
On April 17, 1992, Employee #1, of W.L. Chapman Co., was operating a die cast machine. Some of the molten metal used to make a part solidified, causing the slide of the die cast to jam. Instead of locking out the machine and removing the die, Employee #1 and a supervisor decided to use a metal bar to free the jam. While Employee #1 held the metal bar in place, the supervisor jogged the die. The employee's hand/arm was inside the die chamber. The metal bar slipped and flipped back onto Employee #1's hand, crushing his left middle and index fingers. Employee #1 was transported to Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, CA. His left middle finger was surgically amputated on May 1, 1992. Employee #1 was hospitalized for 1 1/2 days. He was expected to return to work on June 16, 1992.
Keywords: die, metal bar, amputated, finger, work rules, jammed, lockout, crushed, die casting machine
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112021340 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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