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Accident: 981373 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated When Caught In Brake Press

Accident: 981373 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 05/18/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10800020906/12/19893564New York Blower Co
At approximately 10:15 p.m., on May 18, 1989, Employee #1 was operating a Pacific 200-ton-hydraulic brake press, New York blower, Serial Number 05282. The press was activated by a foot pedal and did not have two-hand trip buttons. Employee #1 was making a die change and put the bottom die on the press. Employee #1 started to put top die on the ram. When Employee #1 slid the die on the ram he put his hand under the top die to help slide the die into position. When Employee #1 did this he apparently moved his foot and stepped on the foot control. The ram and die came down and amputated the four fingers on his left hand at the metacarpal joints. Employee #1 was then taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
Keywords: die, amputated, finger, foot control, hydraulic press, hand, ram
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108000209 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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