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Accident: 170829204 - Employee'S Arm Struck By Head Of Garment Pressing Machine

Accident: 170829204 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 03/23/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11952662203/23/19952329H.L. Hartz & Sons, Inc.
Employee #1 was operating a New York shoulder buck pressing machine because another employee was off on injury leave--the employee had been injured on this press one week before. Two pressing machines are located next to each other. One presses the right shoulder and the other presses the left shoulder of men's suit and sport jackets. Employee #1 stated that the machine had operated properly all morning and that the foot pedal had always been guarded. At about 1:30 p.m., the employee was working on the right shoulder press which presses jacket shoulders three times. The employee had pressed this shoulder twice and was placing a "wide pettit" on the jacket shoulder to prevent it from becoming shiny. While she was doing so, the machine operated on its own; the pressing head came down and struck her right arm between the wrist and elbow. She suffered some type of internal damage to her right forearm. The pressing head stayed on her arm until she pressed on the foot pedal, allowing the pressing head to go back up. Employee #1 is positive that she did not touch the foot pedal to activate the pressing head. It started automatically. Inspection of both presses revealed no malfunctions that could have caused the pressing head to activate on its own.
Keywords: pinned, work rules, struck by, arm, ironing machine, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119526622 Hospitalized injury Other Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers

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