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Accident: 201032984 - Employee'S Hand Fractured When Caught In Stamping Press

Accident: 201032984 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 03/29/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30075877804/25/20003053M / G Industries
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on March 29, 2000, a shop supervisor for a company that made nonmetallic gaskets, was using a Rousselle stamping press, model 6W-76, serial #13593, to cut foil-covered fiberglass gaskets. The 60-ton press had a steel-ruled die consisting of an upper wood block, which held thin pieces of flat stock steel bent to the outline of the desired gasket, and a lower wood block. A screw holding the die to the upper platen had been marring the surfaces of the raw material used to make the gaskets, and Employee #1, the company president, intended to glue a piece of sponge rubber over the screw head. He was reaching into the machine when the press operator kicked or stepped on the foot-actuated lever and the press cycled. Employee #1's right hand became caught between the platens, which stopped about 1 in. apart at the bottom of the stroke. He suffered multiple fractures in his hand, for which he was hospitalized. Employee #1 failed to de-energize the press and to block the ram to prevent movement prior to reaching inside.
Keywords: fracture, power press, stamper, blocks, work rules, lockout, caught between, point of operation, hand, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300758778 Hospitalized injury Fracture Management related occupations, n.e.c.

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