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Accident: 202472874 - Employee Amputates Two Fingers While Using Punch Press

Accident: 202472874 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 07/17/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2006, Employee #1 was working on a single-stroke 110-ton capacity, punch press (machine Number 9, Serial Number 9-6609), forming some metal pieces under the die, and as he put his left hand in point of operation area to remove a formed metal part, the machine activated, the ram came down and crushed his hand. Employee #1 stated that the machine activated by itself without pressing the two-hand controls. The employer indicated that Employee #1 leaned against the controls while removing a formed metal piece from under the die of machine. Investigations revealed that the two-hand controls on mechanical punch press were located very close to each other, only 7.5-in. apart, and were not housed in pockets to prevent them from unintended operation. Employee #1 suffered a full amputation to two fingers of his left hand and was hospitalized for four days for medical treatment.
Keywords: amputated, hand control, finger, punch press, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307181941 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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