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Accident: 94006.015 - Worker Operating Iron Punch Machine Injured When Shard Enter

Accident: 94006.015 -- Report ID: 1032700 -- Event Date: 03/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1216920.01503/06/2017Army Corps. Of Engineers - The Dalles Dam
At 2:30 p.m. on March 1, 2017, Employee #1 was working in the weld/fabrication s hop at a river dam. After taking measurements to fabricate an oil drip pan for a crane, he prepared the Metal Muncher Iron Worker to punch holes into a piece o f angle iron that would support the oil drip pan. As he lowered the tap into th e die, he heard what he later described as a popping noise. Employee #1 realize d that the limit switch was not adjusted properly. Employee #1 felt swelling an d discomfort in his neck and approached a coworker, thinking metal from the punc h process may have struck and entered his neck. They proceeded to the hospital, where Employee #1 was admitted. He underwent exploratory surgery which removed a splinter of metal from his neck.
Keywords: die safety device, iron worker, limit switch, machine guarding, neck, splinter, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1216920.015 40 M Hospitalized injury Welders and cutters

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