Letter to bosses of factories: Industrial accident in a horizontal band saw cutting metals by unexpectedly unintentional

ACCIDENT DATA:

DATA CODE TEXT
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY (NACE) 310 Manufacture of furniture
SPECIFIC PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 12 Feed the machine
DEVIATION 41 Loss of control of the machine
FORM (CONTACT, TYPE OF LESION) 64 Partial amputation of thumb
AGENT MATERIAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 10110200 Horizontal bandsaw machine
AGENT MATERIAL DEVIATION 10110200 Horizontal bandsaw machine
AGENT MATERIAL CAUSING THE INJURY 10110200 Horizontal bandsaw machine

DESCRIPTION:

The incident happened in the workshop of maintenance of the company. The worker was about to cut a metal tube in a horizontal band saw for metal cutting. So it positioned the tube into the jaws of the machine to bring it to the proper length. When performing the measurement, and with both hands in the area of operation of the saw, worker pressed unintentionally button up machine that was on his back. At that time the saw is put in motion reaching him the thumb of his right hand.

CAUSES:

Incorrect design of the remote control that allows to speak about of involuntarily.

No prior identification of the dangerous situation.

PREVENTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Control of drive of the machines must be designed form and way that may not be possible to its unintentional. This can be achieved by recessed pushers or physical protections which hinder their access.

Regardless of the type and age of the machine, must be carried out always a review of the various elements of the same contrasting them with the requirements included in annex I of Royal Decree 1215 / 1997.