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Accident: 170723597 - Employee'S Hand Severely Cut By Circular Saw

Accident: 170723597 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 01/12/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11976915601/14/19941522L G Construction
At about 4:35 p.m. on January 12, 1994, Employee #1, a licensed subcontractor, was cutting a 32 in. long 2 by 4 with a circular saw. He was holding the board in one hand and cutting with the other. After Employee #1 had started the cut across the board, the saw hit a knot and kicked back. The guard was free but working slowly (its spring was worn). The blade of the saw struck his left ring finger and cut across the back of his hand to the base of the thumb near the wrist. It cut through several tendons, partially through the bones of two fingers, and totally through the index finger bone in the back of his hand. Employee #1 was transported by ambulance to San Juan Hospital where all tendons and bones were surgically repaired.
Keywords: kick back, finger, work rules, construction, circular saw, saw, laceration, blade, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119769156 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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