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Accident: 170360275 - Employee'S Finger Severed When Saw Kicks Back

Accident: 170360275 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 03/29/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11196935804/05/19951761Todd Devaughn Roofing
At 11:00 a.m. on March 29, 1995, Employee #1 was repairing the 3:12 pitch roof of a single-story residence. He was ripping 1 in. of a 16 in. long 1 by 4 when the 7 1/4 in. blade of his Makita portable circular saw struck a knot near the end of the cut. The saw kicked back, severing his left little finger. Employee #1 later stated that he had made the cut numerous times before without a problem. The accident resulted from Employee #1 encountering a knot when he was not cutting on a good work surface.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, severed, finger, work rules, construction, circular saw, saw, work surface
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111969358 Hospitalized injury Amputation Roofers

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