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Accident: 202473054 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated In Mechanical Punch Press

Accident: 202473054 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 09/01/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30718227909/07/20063499Acorn Engineering
At approximately 7:00 a.m. on September 1, 2006, Employee #1, a temporary employee, was operating a mechanical punch press. Employee #1 was working for an employer that manufactured metal toilets and sinks. The press operation was actuated with two-hand tripping buttons. Employee #1 pressed the buttons and the ram came down to complete a stroke. After that, he placed his left hand at the dies to remove the part, when the ram unexpectedly came down again on his fingers, crushing them. Employee #1's fingers were subsequently amputated while he was hospitalized and being treated for crushing injuries to his hand. The press did not have a multiple stroke function and tripping the two-hand buttons should have caused the press to create only one stroke, but the ram malfunctioned when it created two strokes with an actuation.
Keywords: amputated, finger, equipment operator, machine operator, crushed, struck by, punch press, hand, mech malfunction, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307182279 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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