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Accident: 170197966 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated While Lubricating Skill Saw

Accident: 170197966 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 01/22/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11185722301/31/19911541J. Jireh General Building Construction
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on January 22, 1991, Employee #1 was applying a wax lubricant to the flat side of an 8 1/2 in. carbide-tipped skill saw blade before starting to cut twenty-four gauge 2 by 4 metal studs. He held the electric skill saw in his left hand at a right angle towards the ground, with the telescopic blade guard wedged up and the 6 in. wax lube stick in his right hand. When he started to apply the wax to the flat surface of the rotating blade, the cardboard wax container became caught in the teeth of the saw blade, causing Employee #1's hand to be jerked into it. His thumb was amputated. He was transported by his employer to Folsom Mercy Hospital, where he was treated from January 23 to January, 31, 1991.
Keywords: amputated, guard, work rules, construction, thumb, circular saw, saw, blade, lubricating
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111857223 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters

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