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Accident: 201020088 - Employee Amputates Two Fingers Using Unguarded Circular Saw

Accident: 201020088 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 07/11/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11962962407/14/20032434Deegan Woodworks
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on July 11, 2003, Employee #1 was working as a cabinetmaker's apprentice using a saw to make kindling wood. A coworker came over and set him up to cut 3-inch strips from a 25-inch plywood board on a circular saw. The saw was a 26-year old, 10-inch Tilting Arbor Unisaw, manufactured by Rockwell International, with Serial Number JU2690. The saw had no guard. A second coworker noticed that Employee #1 was making some mistakes and came over to instruct him. When the second coworker was satisfied, that Employee #1 was performing his job correctly, he left. At that point, Employee #1 began to reposition the drop or fall-off piece for the next cut. He then felt a jarring motion as the board was drawn into the blade. Before Employee #1 could let go, his hand was drawn into the blade, cutting off his left pinkie and thumb to the first joint. A fourth coworker called emergency medical services. Employee #1 was taken to Davies Medical Center in San Francisco, where he was hospitalized and underwent surgery in an unsuccessful attempt to reattach the severed thumb and finger.
Keywords: board, amputated, finger, work rules, machine operator, thumb, circular saw, blade, untrained, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119629624 Hospitalized injury Amputation Sawing machine operators

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