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Accident: 202470456 - Employees Fingers Are Crushed By Punch Press

Accident: 202470456 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 05/05/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482440005/12/20113469Bloomer'S Metal Stampings, Inc.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on May 5, 2011, Employee #1, a machine operator of Pressing Machine Operators, was flattening thin sheet metal pieces using a Bliss Punch Press machine (Model Number 20-B, Serial Number H50653).He placed the pieces in the point of operation by hand and then pressed the pneumatic two hand controls to activate the stroke. The punch press had a 30 ton capacity and a full revolution clutch. The point of operation was approximately 16 in. from either two hand control. Employee #1 removed the finished piece from the point of operation, and the press malfunctioned. The stroke came down on three fingers of his left hand without the controls having been pressed. Employee #1 was transported to Henry Mayo hospital by ambulance, where his fingers where amputated. Inspection of the Bliss punch press found that it was operating properly with functioning two hand controls. The hand controls were found to be too close to the point of operation and did not require concurrent use of both hands to activate the press. No accident related citations were issued.
Keywords: amputated, power press, finger, caught by, point of operation, press operator, punch press, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314824400 Hospitalized injury Amputation Pressing machine operators

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