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Accident: 978254 - Employee #1'S Fingers Amputated In Power Press

Accident: 978254 -- Report ID: 0454716 -- Event Date: 08/15/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12055356508/19/19942514Meco Corporation
Employee #1 was operating a 105 ton Verson press when the press "locked up." A coworker had the key for the control package and put the press into the "inch" mode. Employee #1 used the dual palm buttons to inch the ram back to the start position. As he told the coworker to reset the control to "single stroke," he reached to place a work piece into the die. As the key was turned, the ram cycled and amputated three of Employee #1's fingers. Because the "inch" mode movement apparently never ran completely to the top, the protection package sensed that it should "run" or cycle.
Keywords: die, amputated, finger, work rules, control lever, point of operation, manual mat handling, press operator, press
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120553565 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous precision metal workers

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