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Accident: 170563290 - Employee'S Fingertip Amputated By Punch Press

Accident: 170563290 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 04/12/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12462962705/13/19943844Varian Associates
Employee #1 was punching small parts on a small punch press. He had punched 62 parts without any problems. Employee #1 reached into the machine to retrieve the 63rd part and accidentally activated the press with the foot pedal. According to Employee #1, the machine's pull backs, which were adjusted for him before work, did not pull his hand back in time. The tip of his left middle finger was amputated and he was hospitalized. He had been working on another press earlier in the day.
Keywords: pull back device, amputated, finger, foot control, lockout, point of operation, foot-powered press, punch press, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124629627 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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