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Accident: 202655064 - Employee Amputates Finger In Pneumatic Punch Press

Accident: 202655064 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 04/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31620718204/24/20123728Thermal Structures Inc
At 11:30 a.m. on April 17, 2012, Employee #1 was punching holes in an aluminum strip (12 inches by 24 inches) using a pneumatic punch press (HP-7, SCHRADER BELLOWS, Serial Number SHH17066A, Model ABG122121, 250 psi). The employer is engaged in the manufacturing of aerospace insulation, had a total of 780 employees, and was nonunionized. Employee #1 was a regular full time employee of the employer. At the time of accident, Employee #1 had made three holes and he was trying to make the fourth hole. As he tried to feel the position of the notch, he accidentally activated the foot pedal and his left middle finger got caught in the point of operation, causing the amputation of his finger.
Keywords: amputated, finger, foot control, point of operation, punch press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316207182 Hospitalized injury Amputation Mechanical engineering technicians

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