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Accident: 202087268 - Employee'S Little Finger Is Amputated In Power Press

Accident: 202087268 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 06/17/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30723838606/21/20053469American Posts, Llc
On June 17, 2005, Employee #1 and coworkers #1 and #2 were performing a die operation on a mechanical power press. Coworker #1 loaded parts into the tooling and die area not keeping his hands in the tooling and die area. Coworker #2, the press operator, activated the press controls to punch the part. Employee #1 reached into the tooling and die area to get the punched part out. No machine guarding was provided for Coworker #1, who loaded and unloaded the parts from the tooling and die area. The employees lost their rhythm and as Employee #1 reached into the tooling and die area to get a punched part, Coworker #2 cycled the press. Employee #1's hand was caught in the press as it cycled. Employee #1 fractured bones in his hand, lacerated, and dislocated his fingers. The amputation of his pinky finger was eventually necessary. Employee #1 was not hospitalized.
Keywords: loading, die, fracture, amputated, power press, finger, guard, control lever, caught by, press operator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307238386 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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