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Accident: 201203437 - Employee Is Injured While Operating Laser Machine

Accident: 201203437 -- Report ID: 1054114 -- Event Date: 12/13/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30942726812/15/20063553Simonds International Corp
On January 13, 2006, Employee #1 was operating a carbon dioxide laser. He opened an access door in the laser to pry a finished head saw blade from the machine's index arm, which holds the blade during its cutting operation. As he reached over the machine and grabbed a hold of the blade, the machine's computer detected an error. It automatically reset the index arm, trapping Employee #1's arm between the finisher and the laser saw guide. Coworkers observed Employee #1's arm caught by the laser machine and came to his aid, freeing his arm. Employee #1 was then taken to a local hospital, where he was hospitalized and underwent corrective surgery.
Keywords: guard, machine operator, equipment failure, lockout, caught between, point of operation, arm
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309427268 Hospitalized injury Other Machine operators, not specified

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