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Accident: 106719.015 - Employee'S Thumb Is Caught In Power Tool And Thumbnail Is Re

Accident: 106719.015 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 05/03/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1318407.01505/14/2018Accurate Home Services, Inc.
At 4:00 p.m. on May 3, 2018, Employee #1, a plumber apprentice, and a coworker were installing new water lines at a residential home site. This involved Employee #1 working underneath the residential floor, on the sub-floor, to connect the kitchen's plastic lines to the main water supply's plastic line, the "trunk line." Employee #1 was lying on his side on the sub-floor and using a Rehau Power Tool to connect the lines. During this process, the power tool began to slip from his left hand, which became caught in the on/off switch. As he attempted to free his left hand with his right hand, his right thumb became caught in the mechanism. Employee #1 pulled his thumb to free it, and the mechanism removed his right thumbnail. Employee #1 was transported to the local hospital and then transferred to a regional hospital, where he was admitted and treated for the thumb injury.
Keywords: pinned, undrgrd installation, fingertip, connector, portable power tool, residential construction, installing, connecting, water pipe, thumb, plumbing, caught in
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation   1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1318407.015 23 M Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause:
FatCause: Lifting operations

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