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Accident: 201800877 - Employee Suffers Finger Amputation Using Circular Saw

Accident: 201800877 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 02/03/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30133387802/14/20061711Dynamic Plumbing Holding Inc. Dba Dynamic Plumbing
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on February 3, 2006, Employee #1, a plumber, was installing plumbing lines in structures under construction. Employee #1's main duty was to install plumbing lines. Cutting lumber was a regular practice for plumbing employees during their installation of pipes as the lumber was used to secure the pipes in place. The foreman brought his personal saw to the jobsite. The saw had concrete debris in it which prevented the guard from automatically returning to the closed position covering the saw teeth. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was cutting a piece of lumber using that circular saw. As Employee #1 was cutting, the saw kicked back and the blade came out of the board. The guard failed to return to the closed position covering the saw teeth. The blade struck Employee #1's hand, amputating Employee #1's left thumb. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, struck against, thumb, circular saw, blade
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 3 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301333878 Hospitalized injury Amputation Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Other

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