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Accident: 202088050 - Employee'S Forearm And Hand Are Amputated When Press Cycles

Accident: 202088050 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 09/26/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30944540102/22/20073499Robinson Fin Machines Inc
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on September 26, 2006, Employee #1 was working for Robinson Fin Machines, Inc., a manufacturer of fabricated metal products. Along with a coworker, he was using a Minster part revolution mechanical power press, with Serial Number 60-3.5-13234, to make metal fins. He was the "setup person" for the operation, and his coworker was the "spanker operator." The setup person stood next to the seated spanker operator. During the flattening or "spanking" of the fins, metal side plates holding the fins in place would shift position, so two to three times during a production run, the side plates needed to be repositioned. During one such repositioning operation, the spanker operator thought the setup person, Employee #1, was free from the point of operation and cycled the press. Employee #1's right hand and lower forearm were in the point of operation, though, and they were crushed to the point of amputation. Employee #1 was hospitalized. Neither weather conditions nor work environment factors contributed to this injury.
Keywords: die, amputated, power press, metal shop, forearm, machine operator, caught by, point of operation, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309445401 Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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