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Accident: 170570089 - Employee'S Fingertips Injured In Cup-Forming Machine

Accident: 170570089 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/08/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12649825205/21/19963089Fabri-Kal Inc.
Employee #1, an inspector/packer at a plastic cup manufacturing plant, was packing cups coming out of the cup forming machine when some cups became jammed at the lip roller section of the line. This is where a belt drive 3 in. inside the housing spins the cups through an oven while forming the drinking lip edge. Employee #1 shut off the machine, cleared the jam, and then reactivated the machine, but it jammed again. She was reaching into an opening to grab the cups when her index and middle fingers became caught in the nip point of the 1/2 in. V-belt. The tips of her fingers were damaged and were later amputated. An additional guard was subsequently added to the machine to reduce the size of the opening and to cover the exposed nip point. The V-belt was moving at 440 rpm and was powered by a 2 HP motor.
Keywords: amputated, belt, finger, work rules, caught by, jammed, lockout, v-belt, nip point
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126498252 Hospitalized injury Amputation Molding and casting machine operators

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