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Accident: 170384523 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Die Cast Machine

Accident: 170384523 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 10/28/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12539435311/04/19983365Littler Diecast Corp
Employee #1 was operating a Prince 450 ton hydraulic die cast machine. The die on the machine was vertical, and on the right side of it was a butt plate through which an injector passed molten aluminum into the die when it was closed. Employee #1 put the die cast machine in manual mode so he could open and close the die with one hand. The plunger was sticking due to build-up of slag, so Employee #1 put a metal rod into the plunger opening and held it steady. He then pressed a button to close the die. His hand holding the rod in the plunger area was in the point of operation when the die closed, amputating three of his fingers.
Keywords: amputated, finger, stuck, work rules, point of operation, die casting machine, casting die
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125394353 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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