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Accident: 170341127 - Employee Loses Finger In Punch Press Accident

Accident: 170341127 -- Report ID: 0317700 -- Event Date: 03/24/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1762211904/08/19942047Heinz Pet Products
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on or about February 27, 1994, Employee #1, a mechanic, was injured while troubleshooting a problem on a Burkley punch press used for making can lids. After working on the problem with little or no success, Employee #1 left the machine to do some work on another machine. He then remembered he had not checked something and returned to the rear of the troubled press. There he raised a Lexan guard and reached in with his hand to check a wire. At the same time, another mechanic who was not visible from the other side of the press inched the machine. With the machine starting, Employee #1 jerked his hand, at which time it is believed that the fingers on his right hand came in contact with a transfer bar that opens and closes. The bar crushed Employee #1's first knuckle area of his right index finger. Later at the hospital, the finger was amputated.
Keywords: amputated, repair, finger, obstructed view, mechanic, lockout, crushed, punch press, unguarded, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17622119 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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