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Accident: 170842827 - Employee'S Finger Amputated By Circular Saw

Accident: 170842827 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 08/15/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11962495508/16/20021522Petersen Builders, Inc.
On August 15, 2002, Employee #1, a construction worker, was working on graded dirt in front of the two-story, wood-frame house that he was building. He was using a Skil saw 7.25 in. model M11 77 to cut a notch 1.5 by 3.5 in. on the end of 2-by-4 lumber approximately 16-in. long that was staged on a stack of 4-ft by 8-ft plywood, when the 2-by-4 shifted and he lost control of the saw, which kicked back and the saw blade rolled over his left index finger, amputating the finger. Employee #1 was hospitalized. The finger was later successfully reattached. Employee #1 was an experienced and trained long-time worker for the employer.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, unsecured, finger, work rules, construction, circular saw, saw, unguarded, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119624955 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenter apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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