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Accident: 170702898 - Employee Amputates Fingertip With A Circular Table Saw

Accident: 170702898 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 05/21/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11180752509/08/19933599Nationwide Tech. Engineering, Inc.
Employee #1 was cutting 1 1/8-inch by 1 5/8-inch pieces of 3/8-inch fiberglass by cutting larger pieces into strips and then cutting the strips into pieces. He used an unguarded table saw with a 10-inch circular blade designed for cutting fiberglass. No push sticks were provided or used. Employee #1 had not received training in the safe operation of the saw. After cutting approximately 600 pieces, one piece twisted and pulled Employee #1's right index finger into contact with the blade. Employee #1 was taken by ambulance to Washington Hospital, where he was treated and released. The owner admits that he had no workers' compensation insurance at the time of the injury. Employee #1 alleges that another employee sustained a cut thumb while performing the same procedure approximately 4 weeks earlier. Relevant violations are 3203(a)(7) and 4184(b).
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, circular saw, saw, blade, untrained, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111807525 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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