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Accident: 170731616 - Employee'S Finger Amputated When Saw Kicks Back

Accident: 170731616 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 05/24/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11222958806/05/19951542The Horizon Co.
At about 2:30 p.m. on May 24, 1995, Employee #1 and a coworker, of The Horizon Company, were working on a single-family home in Pasadena, CA. They were putting plywood underneath the house in order to retrofit the basement for earthquakes. A piece of wood had become stuck in the guard of the Skil saw during cutting and the guard did not retract when the saw kicked back. Employee #1 suffered a partial amputation of his left index finger and thumb. No direct safety violations could be established based on Employee #1's statement; however, a regulatory violation was cited for not notifying Cal/OSHA about the accident in time.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, finger, guard, stuck, work rules, construction, thumb, circular saw, blade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112229588 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers

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