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Accident: 202477550 - Employee Amputates Finger During Punch Press Maintenance

Accident: 202477550 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 05/11/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266676105/18/20113499S & S Refrigeration Dba Lrc Coil Company
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on May 11, 2011, Employee #1 was working as a machine operator at a facility that manufactures a variety of metal and copper refrigerator parts. He was a temporary employee that was hired by a placement agency, and assigned to operate a Minster punch-press machine, Model Number 70-4. The punch press had mechanically-driven feed rolls, ranging from 3 HP to 7.5 HP, which fed stock into the guarded punch press. During operation, Employee #1 determined that the machines adhesive tape on the roller needed replacement. As he cut the existing tape on the roller and peeled it away, some adhesive remained. In order to remove the remaining tape, he placed a small towel on the roller with his left hand as it spun. The towel became entangled and pulled his left hand into the roller. Employee #1's left middle finger was amputated below the second knuckle. In addition, he received severe lacerations to his adjacent ring and index fingers.
Keywords: amputated, finger, caught by, lockout, roller--mach/part, laceration, entangled, punch press, untrained, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312666761 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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