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Accident: 741314 - Employee'S Finger Amputated In Shear Machine

Accident: 741314 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 08/21/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11201916109/05/19913432Price Pfister, Inc.
AT ABOUT 11:20 AM ON AUGUST 21, 1991, EMPLOYEE #1, A MACHINE OPERATOR, WAS OPERATING A PNEUMATIC POWERED, HORIZONTAL SHEAR TO CUT (SHORTEN) PLASTIC TUBES. THE 4.75-INCH-LONG BY 1.5-INCH-DIAMETER TUBES ARE USED AS SHIPPING PROTECTION FOR PLUMBING ITEMS. THE OPERATOR MANUALLY PLACES AND REMOVES THE TUBES. WHILE REMOVING A CUT TUBE FROM THE 1.5-INCH-DIAMETER STOCK OPENING, THE OPERATOR PUSHED ONE OF THE TWO MACHINE ACTIVATE BUTTONS AND THE SHEAR BLADE AMPUTATED A PORTION OF A FINGER. THE MACHINE WAS PROVIDED WITH TWO-HAND CONTROL BUTTONS, BUT ONE BUTTON WAS MADE INOPERATIVE BY THE OPERATOR TO SPEED PRODUCTION.
Keywords: amputated, shear, finger, work rules, equipment operator, two-hand control, point of operation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112019161 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Slicing and cutting machine operators

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