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Accident: 170718795 - Employee Hospitalized After Small Metal Piece Lodges In Eye

Accident: 170718795 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 03/25/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11972846703/31/19932421Sierra Pacific Industries
The employer operates a sawmill and Employee #1 was working as a spotter at the infeed of a gang trim saw. The 10 ft saw drive chain became hung up, causing a bolt that holds the safety rod to the saw to break. This allowed the saw to cut into a rod and drop to the steel deck. A small piece of metal hit Employee #1, the spotter, in the eye. He required hospitalization. The spotter works at least 15 feet from the saw and there is only about a 12 inch opening for the wood to pass through. Above the opening is 24 inches of expanded metal, and above that is a wood wall. The piece of metal apparently had to hit the steel floor first and deflect upward to hit Employee #1. Though wearing safety glasses is advised, a violation of safety regulations was not cited.
Keywords: decking, eye, steel, sawmill, struck by, flying object, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119728467 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Occupation not reported

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