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Accident: 300863305 - Employee'S Middle Finger Amputated

Accident: 300863305 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 07/23/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086330509/03/20033751Summit Industries Inc
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on July 23, 2003, Employee #1 was operating an unguarded sledging machine. Employee #1 had been assigned by his supervisor to operate the locally fabricated sledging machine to fabricate components for an aftermarket motorcycle exhaust system. The employer designed, manufactured and distributed aftermarket exhaust components for trucks and motorcycles. Employee #1 was fabricating exhaust collectors, a production run of approximately 800 collectors when the accident occurred. The collector component was measured to be 3 ft in diameter and 5.375 in length. The sledging machine is used to crimp the 3-in. diameter steel pipe in a manner that two pipes of smaller diameter would be inserted and welded inside of it for a dual exhaust system. Employee #1's right index and middle fingers were amputated, when the die of the hydraulic powered sledge contacted and crushed the two fingers of his right hand. Employee #1 was a full time employee and was operating the machine when the accident occurred. The sledging machine was engineered and fabricated by local craftsman and as a result has no serial numbers or manufacturer listed. The machine is essentially a horizontal press, hydraulically powered at 1,000 psi and relatively slow moving. The machine is approximately 16 years old with no known involvement with previous accidents. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital, and treated for his injuries.
Keywords: finger, machine operator, welding, caught between, crushed, hand, hydraulic pump, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300863305 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Extruding and forming machine operators

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