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Accident: 201033149 - Employee Killed When Impaled By Flying Piece From Press

Accident: 201033149 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 08/23/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30075937008/23/20003441Bickerton Iron Works Inc
Employee #1 worked for a company that made iron members and structures for commercial applications. He was using a 110-ton Mubea KBL 2 1/2 iron worker with plate bar, and a section shear with coper notcher and punch, serial #137/15549/17, when he was asked to unjam a punch stuck on the lower die. Employee #1 opened the front panel above the punch, which housed the ram assembly, and released the jammed punch, raising it to the 'up' position. He then turned on the machine to test if the set-up would still work and initiated a cycle. The doors of the ram housing assembly had gibs to hold and align the ram in place. Without the panel door in place, any downward movement of the ram caused it to misalign forward, toward the operator. Employee #1 was initiating the press when the punch came down and hit the forward, inner lip of the lower die. This caused the punch to chip; a particle flew directly toward Employee #1's chest, impaling him near his heart. He sustained puncture wounds, from which he died.
Keywords: die, impaled, work rules, jammed, lockout, struck by, flying object, punch press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300759370 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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