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Accident: 202540035 - Employee Gets Right Leg Punctured By Metal Rod

Accident: 202540035 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 09/09/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615375809/19/20083462California Drop Forge Inc
On September 9th 2008 at 11:00 AM, a serious accident occurred when Employee #1, a hammer man, was trying to free a part that was stuck in the upper die of his forge. The usual practice to accomplish this is to insert a steel bar 0.25 inches thick in between the upper and lower die and drop the hammer. This action will knock the stuck part loose and it will fall out of the die. The bar was about 3 feet long and when the hammer dropped the bar flew backwards out from between the dies and struck the employee in the right leg, penetrating about 1.5 to 2 inches. He was transported to an emergency room for initial suturing and treatment. Two days later he was admitted to a hospital for surgery and debridement and was hospitalized for four days.
Keywords: die, stuck, hand tool, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126153758 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Forging machine operators

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