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Accident: 976142 - Employee Killed When Head Is Impaled In Die Casting Machine

Accident: 976142 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 10/04/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10399242610/05/19883621General Electric Company Motors & Generators
At approximately 7:00 a.m. on October 4, 1988, Employee #1, a 41-year-old die cast machine operator, was lubricating the dies on a Cast Master die cast machine, serial #67-181, when he accidentally tripped the cycle button and safety bar simultaneously while his head was inside the point of operation. As the dies closed together, a 1 1/2 inch diameter and 3 inch long guide post on the right die impaled the right side of Employee #1's face. His left arm and shoulder were also caught in the point of operation. Employee #1 was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Ft. Wayne and pronounced dead.
Keywords: die, head, shoulder, impaled, point of operation, arm, face, casting die
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103992426 Fatality Puncture Molding and casting machine operators

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