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Accident: 201053246 - Employee Injured When Eye Impacted By Punch Press Splinters

Accident: 201053246 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 10/20/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12607599312/27/19997361Headway Corporate Staffing Service
At 7:00 a.m. on October 20, 1999, Employee #1, a machine operator or helper, suffered an amputation of his right eye while setting-up and aligning the top and bottom dies on a hydraulic punch press. Employee #1 had been working for two years as a leased helper at a steel plate and sheet metal fabrication facility, and had been operating the ironworker press intermittently for about one year. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was performing routine die set-up duties, specifically attempting to check alignment of the top and bottom dies. While he had been wearing safety glasses at all times, Employee #1 removed them temporarily to obtain a better view of the point of operation. Although the hydraulic press ram had been moving at a very low speed, being hydraulically operated, the bottom die chipped on contact, and projected splinters into Employee #1's right eye, causing profuse bleeding. Employee #1 was transported by the employer to the Alameda Medical Group, and subsequently to LA County USC Hospital, where he received surgery for removal of the eye. There were no witnesses to the accident. Information regarding the machine operation procedures was gathered from interviews of the department foreman, and of two operators, Employee #1 included.
Keywords: eye, splinter, die, amputated, machinist, struck by, punch press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126075993 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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