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Accident: 200535060 - Worker'S Fingertip Is Amputated When Punch Press Activates

Accident: 200535060 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 04/26/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31656706405/24/20123469Co-Line Welding, Inc.
On April 26, 2012, Employee #1 was working as the operator of a punch press. A part was loaded incorrectly, so she hit the EMERGENCY STOP button on the press and went to get help from a coworker. The first coworker asked a second coworker to come and help. They reversed the press's two air lines to release the part. That did not work, so the first coworker disconnected the main air line, releasing the pressure in the press's cylinder. The second coworker repositioned the part and left. Employee #1 returned to the operator's position and was checking the part, not knowing what the first coworker was doing. The first coworker was reattaching the air lines that supplied the cylinder. The press activated, and the middle finger of Employee #1's left hand caught was caught between the part and the tool. The fingertip was amputated.
Keywords: air pressure, amputated, finger, machine operator, jammed, lockout, caught between, point of operation, air line, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316567064 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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