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Accident: 809111 - Employee'S Fingertip Amputated By Punch Press

Accident: 809111 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 11/09/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
298168602/15/19883624Morganite Incorporated
Employee #1 was operating a V & O full-revolution mechanical power press, fabricating metal parts on a miniature metal shear. The operation involved clipping the tip off a small metal clip. The employee was inserting the part into the die using a magnetic holder, activating the press with a guarded foot treadle, and then removing the part with her left hand. The die opening was 1 1/2 in. at the point of operation and was not guarded in any way. While Employee #1 was retrieving one of the parts, the press activated and her left index fingertip, which was about 1/2 in. into the point of operation, was amputated. This was the first time Employee #1 had performed this task and she had not received any specific training on how to use this die.
Keywords: amputated, power press, finger, work rules, point of operation, punch press, untrained, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2981686 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous precision metal workers

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