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Accident: 170175343 - Employee'S Finger Amputated In Punch Press

Accident: 170175343 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 07/02/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11179483007/09/19913493Cycle Shack, Inc.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on July 2, 1991, Employee #1 was operating a punch press which was set up to emboss the name of a motorcycle on motorcycle mufflers. The work point of the press was properly guarded, but the mandrel used to locate the muffler created its own shear point where it rested in a close-fitting U-bracket. As the foreman was showing Employee #1 how to perform the operation, he accidentally set the machine in motion. After Employee #1 had completed 60 pieces of work, the machine apparently activated unintentionally. Employee #1's finger was caught between the mandrel and the bracket, and partially amputated. Although Employee #1 claimed that the machine activated without being tripped, the foreman stated that he has repeatedly checked the machine and found no problems.
Keywords: amputated, power press, finger, work rules, mandrel, point of operation, press operator, punch press, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111794830 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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