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Accident: 170356018 - Employee #1 Hospitalized Amputation

Accident: 170356018 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 01/13/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11994617601/19/19943827Orbital Holdings Inc
At about 12:45 p.m., on January 13, 1994, Employee #1 was making multijust grips on a 3.5 (niagara) punch press (45ton), located in the east area of the shop by the door. When he was placing a steel strip (7in.by 2.1in. by 14 sheet width gage) into the die, the ram suddenly came down pinning his right hand and jammed there in the down cycle causing amputation of his four fingers and crushing the hand. It could not be determined conclusively what caused the ram to come down and remain stuck at the hand. However, the anti-repeat relay had faulty wiring which used to give a single stroke on start up without the use of the two palm button controls whenever the punch press was started from complete shut off condition. There may be a momentary power-outage-excessive air pressure in the solenoid valve or a clutch and brake problem. The machine was not checked and maintained for safe operation. This was a full- revolution clutch press. A serious citation was issued.
Keywords: amputated, finger, lockout, caught between, point of operation, punch press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119946176 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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