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Accident: 979005 - Employee'S Fingertip Amputated By Mechanical Power Press Die

Accident: 979005 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 12/21/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10813659901/26/19893585Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10372380510/29/19873585Phoenix Manufacturing Inc.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on December 21, 1988, Employee #1, who had been a mechanical power press operator for Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc., for three years, was operating a Benchmaster 5 ton standard mechanical power press, serial #H-7. She was pressing cradle brackets that were approximately 3 in. wide by 6 in. long and installing 90 degree bends on the bracket edge. The tongs could not grip the material so she placed her right hand into the exposed opening of the mechanical power press to remove the flat cradle bracket. The pedal was disengaged. While removing the material, the die double hit, striking Employee #1's right pinkie fingertip and amputating it. This press was not equipped with a guard to prevent the operator from placing any part of her body in the danger zone. It was taken out of service and, at the time of the inspection, remained out of service.
Keywords: die, amputated, power press, finger, work rules, point of operation, press operator, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108136599 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators
2 103723805 Occupation Not Listed

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