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Accident: 202541512 - Heat Shrink Sealer Amputates Employee'S Finger Tips

Accident: 202541512 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 12/09/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615409501/05/20102844Spongeables Llc
At 2:47 p.m. on December 9, 2009, an employee was heat sealing a soap bar in a heat shrink bag. The machine had a light interlock on it that would not allow the pinching and sealing of the top of the bag if it sensed anything in front of it. However, it was only pinpoint in width and as the employee operated the machine, her fingers were spread in such a way that the light went between her fingers. The machine closed, amputating the tip of her right ring finger.
Keywords: heat, amputated, finger, interlock, point of operation, light curtain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126154095 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Packaging and filling machine operators

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