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Accident: 14443436 - Employee Injures Hand When Circular Saw Kicks Back

Accident: 14443436 -- Report ID: 0355117 -- Event Date: 01/23/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1521753201/23/19857011Altavista Area Ymca Inc
Employee #1 was using a portable electric circular saw to cut a 3 in. wide strip from the end of a 3/16 in. thick by 30 in. wide sheet of paneling. The paneling was lying on a pile of other material. As he started the cut, he placed his left hand close to the saw blade to apply pressure to keep the panel from moving. While the saw blade was beside his hand, Employee #1 released or let up on the panel, causing the saw to bind, kick up and back, and strike his left hand between the thumb and first finger. Thirteen stitches were required to close the wound.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, work rules, circular saw, saw, laceration, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15217532 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Recreation workers

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