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Accident: 170572754 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Hydraulic Press

Accident: 170572754 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 02/10/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30242827105/15/20003568Kaydon Corp., Plant 12
Employee #1 was operating a hydraulic press with a sleeve die when an O-ring broke hydraulic fluid sprayed out. Maintenance stated that it would take over an hour before they could repair it. Employee #1 decided to switch sides of the press, which was in his authority as press operator, so that work could resume. Employee #1 had his hand in the sleeve die hole and a coworker was doing the punching when Employee #1 slipped on the hydraulic fluid and struck the pedal. This activated the sleeve die, which came down and amputated three fingers on his right hand. The equipment was not locked out, and Employee #1 had not cleaned up the hydraulic fluid.
Keywords: maintenance, amputated, finger, work rules, foot control, hydraulic fluid, lockout, slippery surface, hydraulic press, housekeeping
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302428271 Hospitalized injury Amputation Heat treating equipment operators

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