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Accident: 201078391 - Employee'S Hand Is Lacerated While Using A Skilsaw

Accident: 201078391 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31534625409/18/20121542Rudolph & Sletten, Inc.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on August 17, 2012, Employee #1 and a coworker were working using a portable electric circular Skilsaw (Model Number SHD 77-15 amps). Employee #1 was making plywood cleats 4 in. by 6 in. by 3 in. for removable handrails to block elevator openings. The employee was using the Skilsaw to cut the center out of the plywood cleat to generate a trough by making two 3.5 in. vertical cuts about 1.5 in. apart. He made a final horizontal cut across the bottom of the end so the 4 in. by 6 in. plywood cleat can accommodate mid or top rails in the open slot. Employee #1 was holding the plywood cleat with his left hand while operating the Skilsaw with his right hand. The saw got bound in the plywood while performing a plunge cut on the horizontal portion of the trough, and as Employee #1 was pulling the saw out of the cut before letting the blade come to a complete stop, the saw kicked back causing the moving saw blade to land on the employee's left wrist and thumb area. Employee #1 was taken immediately to Sharp Rees Stealy clinic, and later transported by a coworker to Scripps Mercy Hospital. Employee #1 remained in the hospital for seven days, received two surgeries, and administered pain medication and antibiotics during his stay in the hospital.
Keywords: truss, hand control, thumb, electric saw, saw, handrail, laceration, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 3 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315346254 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Carpenter apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Installing interior walls, ceilings, doors
FatCause: Other

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