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Accident: 201041720 - Employee Amputates Three Fingers While Using Press

Accident: 201041720 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 04/08/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30758365804/09/20047361Payroll Services
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30758357504/07/20043965Button King, Inc.
At 3:00 p.m. on April 8, 2004, Employee #1 was working with an unguarded letter press. The business manufactures promotional buttons from a 4500 square foot building in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The establishment has been in business in Nevada for 3 years and can manufacture approximately 15,000 buttons per day during peak business. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was working on a Brandtjen and Kluge letter press that was outfitted with a die to score around the established emblem of the button design. The emblems were arranged six to a page, and the pages were manually inserted and removed by Employee #1. During operation, the full revolution, multiple stroke press operated at rate of approximately one revolution per second, and Employee #1 was required to reach into the point of operation while the machine cycled to add and remove the paper stock. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was working at a rate of 300 sheets every 20 minutes. While reaching into the point of operation, to retrieve the scored paper, the die closed and amputated the middle three fingers of Employee #1's left hand. Local emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to a local trauma center, where the fingers were unable to be reattached. Employee #1 was treated and released from the hospital four days later.
Keywords: die, amputated, machine operator, press, finger, caught between, point of operation, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307583658 Occupation not reported
2 307583575 Hospitalized injury Amputation Pressing machine operators

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