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Accident: 170361794 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated When Saw Kicks Back

Accident: 170361794 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 02/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12566552104/01/19972434Custom Mills, Inc.
Employee #1, a door builder for a cabinet shop, was using a Powermatic, model 66, 10 in. circular table saw, serial #8866365, to rip 8 to 10 ft long maple boards to a 2 in. width for door stock. Her normal procedure was to use her left hand to hold the stock against the fence and to push with her right hand. When a board started to kick back on her, she used her left hand to help push the board through the saw. Her left thumb also ran through the blade and was amputated at the first distal joint. The accident was caused by Employee #1's failure to use a push stick, and the saw not being equipped with a spreader or anti-kick-back device.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, work rules, thumb, circular saw, spreader bar, unguarded, table saw
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125665521 Hospitalized injury Amputation Sawing machine operators

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