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Accident: 18235.015 - Employee Killed When Saw Blade Kicks Back And Cuts Carotid A

Accident: 18235.015 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 05/16/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
438331.01505/17/2012Missouri-American Water Company
At 3:00 p.m. on May 16, 2012, An employee was cutting an old 8 foot cast iron wa ter main pipe with a 16 inch Stihl Power Saw. The weight of the pipe caused a p inch point at the top of the saw blade and it kicked back towards the employee. The blade struck and cut the left side of the employee's neck to include his ca rotid artery.
Keywords: artery, kick back, portable power tool, saw, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  Other   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 438331.015 1 M Fatality Construction Laborer FallDist:
Cause: Trenching, installing pipe

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