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Accident: 202454666 - Employee'S Finger Is Amputated By Press

Accident: 202454666 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 06/08/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31049187306/17/20083089Omega Extruding Corp Of California
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 8, 2008, a Pressman and a Machine Operator were setting-up "press 211", a machine that printed labels or designs onto plastic film and cut it into individual bags, at a company that manufactured plastic bags used in retail businesses. During a job change, at least two or three employees worked together to do a new set-up. Pressman duties included changing the gears, cylinders, and hold downs. Machine operator duties included changing the ink, plastic film, and punching die. At times, it was necessary for the employees to help one another perform their duties. A third person, who acted as a lead man, sometimes assisted for big or complicated jobs. Because of the size of the machine, it was not possible to have visual contact with the other employees at all times. For this set-up, the power source had been turned off and locked out by the Machine Operator but not by the Pressman. While the Pressman was setting-up, the Machine Operator pulled the plastic that was threaded in between calendar rolls. Despite the machine being turned off, it remained capable of movement. The mechanical movement, that occurred when the plastic was pulled, caused the gears to rotate. The Pressman's left fifth finger was caught in the gears and amputated, up to the distal phalanx. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in Gardena, where he was hospitalized. The employer had a procedure for backing out the screws to open up the rolls and separate the gears. However, the Pressman did not separate the rolls prior to attempting to change the gears/clutch. During an interview, two other employees demonstrated that separating the rolls is part of the lockout/tagout procedure during a changer order. The plant manager reported the accident to the Division at approximately 6:18 p.m. on June 8, 2008.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, lockout, caught between, nip point, set up, gear, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310491873 Hospitalized injury Amputation Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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