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Accident: 201066396 - Punch Press Amputates Employee'S Fingers

Accident: 201066396 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/08/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30111805508/12/20033089Argee Corporation
At approximately12:30 a.m. on August 8, 2003, Employee #1 was standing at the operating end of the hydraulic Thermal-Former machine removing the product and stacking the product on the rack adjacent to the machine. This machine was designed and constructed specifically for the company in 1986, and though there are other thermal-formers in the industry, this is the only machine of its kind in existence. The product got stuck in the forming and cutting element of the former. Employee #1 reached into the unguarded machine to dislodge the plastic. The forming molds closed on his hand trapping three of his fingers in between the striking plate and the tooling of the die. Employee #1 suffered the amputation of the three fingers on his left hand. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: die, amputated, finger, molding machine, punch press, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301118055 Hospitalized injury Amputation Pressing machine operators

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