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Accident: 170843940 - Employee'S Fingertips Amputated In Circular Saw

Accident: 170843940 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 05/02/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12559663505/03/20001521Jeffrey Novack General Contractor Inc
Employee #1 was using a Skill Mag 77 circular saw to rip shims from a 2 by 6 for use in construction of a round bay window. He was squatting with his back to the radius wall of the window and was using another board on the floor as a support for the piece of wood being cut. Employee #1 was trying to stabilize himself or to stand up when he lost his balance and his left hand struck the moving blade. He lacerated his index finger and amputated his middle and ring fingers to the first joint. Employee #1's squatting position was not stable or appropriate for using a portable power saw.
Keywords: portable power tool, amputated, finger, work rules, struck against, construction, circular saw, laceration, lost balance, 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 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125596635 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenter apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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