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Accident: 170176671 - Employee Injures Finger When Hand Caught In Folding Machine

Accident: 170176671 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 04/13/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11173588204/16/19912711San Francisco Newspaper Agency
At approximately 2:20 a.m. on April 14, 1991, Employee #1 was working on the unit #1 newspaper folding machine. He was re-feeding three sheets of paper into the machine. A misfeed normally occurs 6 to 8 times a night. Employee #1 put the press on "walk" (slowest speed without jogging) instead of "safe" (lockout). The site was short on staff and Employee #1 was trying to do too much. His long shirt sleeve got caught in the folding machine and his hand was drawn into its rollers and crushed. At the hospital, Employee #1's middle finger on his left hand was completely amputated. The index finger has an infection and may also be amputated. Employee #1 has been hospitalized for 35 days and has had four operations.
Keywords: clothing, amputated, finger, work rules, caught by, lockout, roller--mach/part, crushed, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111735882 Hospitalized injury Amputation Folding machine operators

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