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Accident: 170174825 - Employee'S Fingers Injured In Cutting Shears

Accident: 170174825 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 05/03/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11183077405/09/19915093Pick Your Part, Inc.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on May 3, 1991, Employee #1, age 20, was dragging a hand-held, hydraulic metal pipe-cutting shear from near a fixed vehicle mounting stand to a similar work location nearby. He was holding the fixed base (blade) of the cutting shear, and the hoses and control switches were dragging on the ground. As he pulled, the hydraulic hose with the control switches became caught under a bent edge of the metal base on the vehicle mounting stand. As the vehicle stand continued to hold onto the hose, the control switch activated the shear, and the cutting blade on the 3 1/2 in. wide shear opened and closed on Employee #1's right hand. The shear amputated his right ring finger between the knuckle and first joint, and severely damaged his middle and small fingers.
Keywords: portable power tool, amputated, shear, finger, work rules, control lever, caught by, hydraulic line, inexperience
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111830774 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Laborers, except construction

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