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Accident: 170162713 - Employee Impaled In Chest By Flying Metal Rod

Accident: 170162713 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 09/10/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11213088512/10/19923089Precise Plastics Products
Precise Plastic Products had a new mold made for use in an injection molding machine that formed plastic palmer handles (similar to a wrist support except for the hand). An aluminum rod ran through and out one end of each handle. The plant manager, Employee #1, was experimentally determining the amount of molten plastic that needed to be injected into the mold. Before each trial cycle, the hole in the mold through which the aluminum rod was to extend was plugged off with a short straight piece of aluminum rod. The mold had been positioned in the injection machine in such a manner that the hole and rod pointed toward Employee #1, who was at the injection machine's operating panel. During one injection, the rod was propelled out of the hole, went through a plexiglass window in the injection molding machine's guard gate, and lodged in Employee #1's chest. Surgery was required to remove the rod.
Keywords: chest, impaled, guard, molding machine, shaft, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112130885 Hospitalized injury Puncture Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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