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Accident: 201797362 - Printing Press Amputates Employee'S Finger

Accident: 201797362 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 10/01/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30133063510/06/20033083Zentih Specialty Bags
At approximately 5:10 p.m. on October 1, 2003, Employee #1 was operating a Beasley-French, two-color, 31-in., printing press Serial Number 1704. Employee #1 said he was working alone and was in the process of replacing the plates and rebalancing the cylinder that holds the plate when the injury occurred. Employee #1 said he rolled the guard back that covers the cylindrical plate so he could see how it was printing. Employee #1 said he saw a blob of ink on the cylindrical plate and used his finger to wipe it off. Employee #1 said his finger got caught between the ink rollers resulting in an amputation of the left index finger. The Beasley-French printing press involved in the incident was equipped with a built in lockout device. Employee #1 said he routinely used this lock out and would place the key in his pocket. Employee #1 said he had never seen anyone reach into the ink rollers while the press was running and that he had only done this once before. Employee #1 was treated for the amputation but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: printing press, amputated, printing, finger, guard, lockout, roller--mach/part
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301330635 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Printing machine operators

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