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Sheet Metal Power Brake Causes Laceration to Fingers

Sheet Metal Power Brake Causes Laceration to Fingers

A sheet metal contractor was in the process of removing a piece of metal from a sheet metal power brake when he accidentally had his index and middle fingers on his left hand pinched.  The incident occurred as the contractor was removing the piece of sheet metal, he accidentally stepped on the foot peddle of the power brake, which caused the die of the power brake to come in contact with the piece of metal.  When the die came in contact with the piece of metal, the sheet metal pinched the employee’s left index and left middle finger against the bed of the power brake.  The contractor was wearing gloves when the incident occurred.


The contractor was initially taken to an on-site nurse for examination.  The on-site nurse referred him off-site to be examined where his index finger required seven sutures to close the laceration, and his left middle finger required five sutures to close the laceration.

Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

  • Always wear proper PPE for the job.
  • Be aware of hand placement.
  • Take your feet or hands off of controls when you are not using them.
Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.


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