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Accident: 201072493 - Press Brake Operator Amputates Three Fingers When Ram Lowers

Accident: 201072493 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 05/12/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31081647505/14/20083444Ehmcke Sheet Metal Corp
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 12, 2008, an employee was working for the Ehmcke Sheet Metal Corporation. His employer had been in business since 1998, supplying architectural, worked metals. It specialized in stainless steel applications and structural stair rails and railings. The employee was a journeyman sheet metal worker with eight years of experience working for his employer. With his gloved hand, he was removing a band of "worked" metal approximately two inches wide by six feet long from a 65-ton Vernon mechanical press brake, with Serial Number 16341, at the completion of the press brake's downward stroke. The press brake was operated by a foot pedal. According to the employee, the ram descended unexpectedly when he reached in to remove the stock. The ram caught three fingers on his right hand within the point of operation. The fingers were amputated.
Keywords: amputated, press brake, finger, metal shop, machine operator, caught by, point of operation, foot-powered press, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310816475 Hospitalized injury Amputation Sheet metal workers

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