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Accident: 170842876 - Employee Amputates Finger In Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Accident: 170842876 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 07/26/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11963355007/29/20041521W.B. Elmer & Company
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on July 26, 2004, an employee was using a Makita 10" sliding compound miter saw (Model 13A, Serial Number 163328A) to cut a piece of 1 in. by 6 in. tongue and groove cedar ceiling board, about 14 feet long. When he set up his cut and brought the saw down, he found he was about 0.25 in. off his mark. He lifted the saw slightly and with his left hand pushed the board toward the saw. His hand slipped on the smooth, finished wood and it contacted the saw blade, amputating his left index finger at the middle knuckle. The saw's moveable guard was functioning properly, but it only guarded the entire blade when it was in the fully raised position. The employee did not fully raise the saw to make the minor adjustment. The employee was hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, struck against, circular saw, saw
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119633550 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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