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Accident: 202442927 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated By Saw

Accident: 202442927 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 12/20/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12588188801/13/20061521W Hoffmann Construction
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on December 20, 2005, Employee #1, a carpenter, was holding an 18-in. by 2-in. by 4-in. board with his left hand and was rip cutting it with a Makita hypoid drive circular saw. He was steadying the board by placing its far-end of the board on the ground. The saw jammed, kicked back, struck and amputated his left thumb. Employee #1 was transported to a local medical facility and then flown by helicopter to USC Medical Center in Los Angeles for surgery. The blade guard was operating correctly and not pinned back. Employee #1 was not hospitalized.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, carpenter, construction, thumb, circular saw, saw, blade
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125881888 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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