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Accident: 200460780 - Employee Bleeds To Death When Struck By Piece Of Wood

Accident: 200460780 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 09/18/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11629835709/18/20002434Homeland Builders, Incorporated
Employee #1 was walking behind a table saw operator who was cutting 1/8 in. thick shims from an 82 in. long piece of maple. The blade was at a slight angle on the saw and the shims were being cut against the table fence. The operator had just finished a cut and was reaching over to retrieve the shim from between the saw blade and the fence when it became jammed and a small sharp piece of wood kicked back and penetrated Employee #1's chest. He removed the piece of wood himself and was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m. from excessive loss of blood. The employer had purchased the table saw in June 2000. He removed the original guard that came with the saw, which consisted of a spreader, anti-kickback fingers, and a blade guard. The employer had put on a Biesemeyer T-square blade guard, but had never reinstalled the spreader or anti-kickback fingers.
Keywords: chest, kick back, impaled, guard, struck by, flying object, unguarded, puncture, table saw
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116298357 Fatality Puncture Cabinet makers and bench carpenters

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