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Accident: 170835656 - Employee Amputates Three Fingers Using Circular Saw

Accident: 170835656 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 12/20/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12553746412/21/20071623Dennis Muelrath Dba D & M Construction
At 11:00 a.m. on December 20, 2007, Employee #1, of D & M Construction, was part of a crew that was forming the concrete bases of previously-installed street lights at the Southgate-Phase III project in Petaluma, CA. Employee #1 was using a 7 1/4 in. Skil saw, model HD77, serial #G809507, to rip 2-by-4s down to 2-by-2s for use in making the 24 sq in. forms. He was holding the Skil saw in one hand and had his other hand on the end of the board when the blade came out of the kerf and kicked back, amputating the index finger, the fourth finger, and half of the little finger of his left hand. His index and fourth finger were surgically reattached. Employee #1 has had two nerve and tendon surgeries on those fingers.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, concrete form work, amputated, finger, work rules, struck against, construction, circular saw
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125537464 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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