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Accident: 201145505 - Employee Amputates Thumb Using Circular Saw

Accident: 201145505 -- Report ID: 0950637 -- Event Date: 05/11/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12022347406/01/20041522Wc Construction
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 11, 2004, Employee #1, a carpenter, was using a skilsaw circular saw to cut 2-in. by 6-ft piece of lumber for the balcony of an upstairs apartment. He cut the lumber on a cutting table. While holding the lumber with his left hand, he guided the saw with his right hand over the lumber. As the saw cut the lumber, it struck a knot in the wood. He attempted to saw through the knot in the wood by running the saw up against the knot and pulling it back. After several attempts, the saw kicked back and then dropped down onto his left thumb. The saw severed the thumb below the first joint. He was transported to a medical center, where he received medical attention and was hospitalized for postoperative treatment of his severed thumb.
Keywords: kick back, severed, amputated, thumb, circular saw
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120223474 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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