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Accident: 170888069 - Employee'S Leg Injured When Power Saw Kicks Back

Accident: 170888069 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 01/07/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12550523001/10/19971622Dillingham Construction N.A. Inc.
Employee #1 was on an elevated work platform at a highway bridge seismic retrofit project. He was using a hand-held circular power saw with a 7 1/4 in, diameter blade to make 45 degree miter cuts in a 2 by 4. He was holding the wood in his left hand instead of using a sawhorse or other proper support. When the saw kicked back, Employee #1 dropped the piece of wood and the spinning saw blade struck his leg before the telescoping guard could close. He sustained a severe laceration to his upper left leg and a nick of his kneecap, which required surgery and hospitalization.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, unsecured, work rules, construction, circular saw, saw, laceration, struck by, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 125505230

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