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Accident: 201330164 - Employee'S Hands Amputated When Caught By Press Brake

Accident: 201330164 -- Report ID: 0213600 -- Event Date: 12/11/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30100495812/21/19983444Phoenix Metal Fabricating Inc.
On December 11, 1998, Employee #1 reached into the point of operation of a foot pedal-operated hydraulic press brake to make adjustments to the work stops (fingers). While reaching, his foot was on the foot pedal and it activated the brake, bringing the top ram down onto his arms, almost severing both hands. The employee was transported to the hospital where his hands were amputated and reattached. The light curtain used to guard the point of operation had been bypassed by the use of black electrical tape. Management was aware of the condition and permitted it to exist because one particular part could not be done with the light curtain working properly.
Keywords: amputated, press brake, work rules, caught between, point of operation, foot-powered press, light curtain, press operator, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301004958 Hospitalized injury Amputation Fabricating machine operators, n.e.c.

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