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Accident: 170888879 - Employee'S Fingertip Amputated By Drill Bit

Accident: 170888879 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 12/16/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12551309312/22/19977389Nova Group, Inc.
Employee #1 was using a hole saw in a Hougen magnetic-base drill press to a make a hole in the box section of a metal fence post. He was working in front, and to one side, of the press, with the plug of drilled steel attached to the hole saw and spinning around. Employee #1 was moving his hands to shut off the machine with the stop switch at the back when his glove caught on the spinning plug. His hand was pulled between the bit and the machine frame, amputating the end of his right ring finger to the last knuckle. The employee had misjudged the clearance in reaching close to the drill bit.
Keywords: clearance, rotating parts, amputated, drill operator, finger, glove, caught by, drill press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125513093 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Drilling and boring machine operators

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