A worker was assembling parts of a cabinet when he noticed one of the parts needed another cut to fit. When he walked over to the operating side of the table saw, he noticed that the blade guard was lying on the floor under the saw. Without installing the guard, the worker proceeded to make the cut and then reach across behind the blade to remove the scrap piece. While dragging the scrap piece towards himself, the scrap caught on the blade and pulled his hand right into the unguarded rotating blade. This resulted in multiple finger amputations on his left hand.