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Accident: 202627592 - Employee Using Cheater Bar To Tighten Router Bit Injures Eye

Accident: 202627592 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 02/03/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31351173502/23/20112511Furniture Technologies Inc
At about 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 03, 2011, a regular employee was working for a firm that manufactured wooden furniture. He was working in the tool shop east of the firm's production area. He was operating a router, and he was frustrated because of the difficulty he was having in loosening a router bit from its holder. He was using a cheater bar to facilitate the bit's removal. The removable cheater bar he was using was a solid piece of metal 15.625 inches long and 0.5625 inches in diameter, with an 0.1875 inch pipe thread portion on the end (39.7 cm long by 1.4 cm in diameter, with an 0.5 cm pipe thread end portion), made by Photo Professional USA. The clamp he was tightening with this tool was its manufacturer's part number 1460-6. The clamp held the router bit in place. The employee inadvertently struck the tip of the cheater bar when he slammed a hammer he was using on the work table. The tip of the cheater bar broke and struck his right eye. The employee had momentarily removed his eye protection to wipe the sweat off his face. The employee required two days of in-patient hospitalization. The serious injury was reported by the employer to the Division at 9:15 a.m. on February 4, 2011.
Keywords: eye, rotating parts, ppe, stuck, equipment operator, struck by, wood shaper, flying object, hand tool, pry bar
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313511735 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Supervisors, production occupations

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