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Accident: 201034279 - Employee Injured While Operating Punch Press

Accident: 201034279 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 05/22/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12030755806/05/20023452Alcoa Fastening Systems
On May 22, 2002, Employee #1 was working for Fairchild Fastener, an employer that manufactures industrial fasteners primarily for aerospace industries. The employee was operating a full revolution Benchmaster punch press, Model 1-7-3, with a 4-ton capacity. The actuation of the machine cycle depends on a simultaneous two-hand trip. The distance between the hand trip locations and the die/tool location was 15 inches. The employee was performing crimping/closing-in of the beam of Part Number TR 26036N1032-1 (about 0.5 inches in length) and was seated about 7 inches to 8 inches in front of the press. The employee was nearing the completion of the production run. During one of the cycles, after the employee actuated the two-hand trip system and as she reached out to pick up the finished part with her right hand, the slide with the tool came down again (without her actuating the two-hand trip) and smashed (over the bottom die) the tip of her right index finger. The employee was transported to Torrance Memorial Medical Center where the tip of her finger was amputated.
Keywords: amputated, finger, crushed, punch press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120307558 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machine operators, not specified

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