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Accident: 201174208 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated In Circular Saw

Accident: 201174208 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 09/18/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12034468410/01/20031752Ralph Opfer Dba Ralph Opfer Flooring
On September 18, 2003, Employee #1 was installing 350 sq. ft of Pergo Flooring at a residential home. He was in the garage/driveway using a manual feed, circular saw to cut a 4 ft long by 8 in. wide piece of flooring to a width of 1 in. when his left thumb was amputated. Employee #1 was transported to UC-Davis Memorial Hospital and later transferred to UC-SF Medical Center for surgery. The saw was not guarded.
Keywords: portable power tool, amputated, installing, work rules, construction, thumb, circular saw, saw, unguarded
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 15
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120344684 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction trades, n.e.c.

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