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Accident: 201030806 - Employee'S Finger Crushed In Horn Press

Accident: 201030806 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 08/07/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30075491808/13/19972511Virco Mfg Corporation
On August 7, 1997, Employee #1, a machine operator, was working in metal department #96 on a 30 ton, full-revolution horn press. The horn press was designed to finish forming a 5 by 22 by 15 metal part. The operator's job was to remove an unfinished part from storage, insert it into the press, position it and manually hold it in place. The operator then activated the ram by depressing the moveable foot pedal. Employee #1 was engaged in this work when he indicated that he was having difficulty properly positioning the metal tray in the machine. He felt there was an obstruction in the point of operation area that he couldn't see through the descending Plexiglas shield. Employee #1 reached under the guard to investigate the point of operation area with his right hand. While he was doing so, he inadvertently activated the ram, crushing his right index finger.
Keywords: finger, guard, work rules, foot control, crushed, point of operation, foot-powered press, struck by, press operator, blind reaching
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300754918 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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