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Accident: 201096476 - Employee Injured When Circular Saw Kicked Back

Accident: 201096476 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 05/13/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12610179905/16/20031771J.W. Concrete
At 7:30 a.m. on May 13, 2003, Employee #1, working for J.W. Concrete in Grover Beach, California, was using a power circular saw when the saw kicked back and cut his fingers. Employee #1 was ripping a 2-inch by 6-inch by 3-foot-long board. He had made a 6-to-10-inch cut along the board when he stopped and turned the board around. He then put the saw blade back into the slot and began to cut the remaining part of the board. The saw had a 7.25-inch diameter saw blade. No one was in the area where they could have seen the accident. The supervisor was on the job site. Employee #1 said that he was trained in the use of the saw and had made this type of cut many times before. As soon as he started the saw, it kicked back and the blade landed on the fingers of his left hand. Employee #1 is right handed. The thumb, middle and index finger were cut, and he may loose the index finger. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: kick back, finger, construction, circular saw, laceration, concrete
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126101799 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other

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