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Accident: 202472981 - Employee Amputates Finger While Working Near Forklift

Accident: 202472981 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 08/09/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
At 6:30 a.m. on August 9, 2006, Employee #1, a punch press operator, was standing next to a punch press, while a coworker was operating an industrial truck. The coworker was attempting to pick up a 55-gallon barrel full of metal with the industrial truck. To get more leverage, the coworker was using the punch press that Employee #1 was standing near as leverage to get the barrel onto the forks of the industrial truck. As the coworker was working to get the barrels on the forks, Employee #1 attempted to assist him, and got his left hand caught in between the punch press and the industrial truck. Employee #1's left index finger was amputated at the distal metatarsal. Employee #1 was taken to Universal Industrial Care Clinic, where hospitalized and treated for his injury. The accident investigation revealed that Employee #1 was a temporary employee, having been employed by the company for a period of five weeks with only four of those days as a punch press operator. The accident was attributed to the coworker's lack of attention to ensure that all personnel were cleared from where he was operating the industrial truck.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, equipment operator, caught between, industrial truck, inexperience, manual mat handling, punch press, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307182188 Hospitalized injury Amputation Pressing machine operators

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