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Accident: 201523081 - Employee'S Finger Amputated By Saw When Wood Kicks Back

Accident: 201523081 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 08/17/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31136672808/17/20071751O'Dell Construction, Inc.
On August 17, 2007, Employee #1 was ripping molding for a mantle in the family room because the existing mantle and molding were not to the owner's liking. He needed to rip the molding in half, which required that he stand up the crown molding and raise the blade very high. The approximately 5 ft long molding was difficult to cut. He was feeding the piece and the cut sections were getting longer and started to vibrate. To stop the wood from shaking, he passed his left hand over the blade to support the piece after the blade had gone through it. The wood unexpectantly kicked back and the saw amputated his fourth finger and the tip of another finger. There was no guard on the saw. Employee #1 later stated that it was common practice in the trade not to use the guard. The saw had been used by coworkers at the site that day.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, amputated, finger, work rules, construction, saw, vibrations, struck by, unguarded
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311366728 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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