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Accident: 171110331 - Employee'S Fingertip Amputated In Power Press

Accident: 171110331 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 12/11/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30177443601/20/19983714Mckechnie Vehicle Components
Employee #1, a press set-up operator at a wheel cover manufacturing facility, was making test runs of wheel cover parts on an Aida 200-ton part-revolution mechanical power press. He activated the two-hand trip, punched the first part, and was reaching into the point of operation when the ram topped out and then continued its downward motion. The die caught Employee #1's left middle finger, amputating the tip. After the clutch/flywheel was dismantled, it was found that one of the three bolts holding the flywheel shaft end plate in place had worked its way out. Apparently, the bolt had become jammed between the piston ribs and the friction plate, creating a mechanical connection between the flywheel and clutch shaft that resulted in excessive stroking. A wire connecting the three bolts had also been sheared.
Keywords: amputated, power press, unsecured, finger, point of operation, bolt, press operator, punch press, mech malfunction, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301774436 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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