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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303452387 - Hubberton Forge

Inspection Information - Office: Vermont

Nr: 303452387Report ID: 0155010Open Date: 04/06/2001

Hubberton Forge
154 Route 30 South
Castleton, VT 05735
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3499/Fabricated Metal Products, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 154 Route 30 South, P.O.Box 827, Castleton, VT 05735

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/09/2001
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:05/15/2001
Emphasis: S:Amputations

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100212 A03 II 05/02/2001 05/07/2001 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202044558Event: 04/06/2001Employee Injured When Fingers Amputated By Drop Hammer
Employee #1 was operating a pneumatic lift gravity drop hammer. He was placing 5-inch-diameter metal rings into the point of operation and cycling the hammer once. The hammer did not have an appropriate point of operation guard for the operation being performed. There was another hammer adjacent to the accident hammer that was properly guarded with an interlocked barrier guard. It is unknown at this time why Employee #1 did not use this machine but it is speculated that he did not want to change the dies. Employee #1 had apparently placed his left hand in the point of operation when the hammer cycled, cutting his left index, middle, and ring fingers off in the area of the first knuckles. The hospital was unable to reattach the fingertips, and had to completely amputate the middle and ring fingers. They repaired Employee #1's index finger with parts of his middle finger.
Keywords: amputated, barrier guard, finger, drop hammer, point of operation, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303452387 Hospitalized injury Amputation Punching and stamping press machine operators

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