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Accident: 202446464 - Employee'S Index Finger Amputated By Power Saw

Accident: 202446464 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/24/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31060043209/12/20071542Asr Constructors Inc
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on August 24, 2007, Employee #1, a journeyman carpenter for ASR Constructors, Inc., was using a Skilsaw circular saw, model HD77, serial #HH144084, to rip cut a 2 7/8 in. strip out of a 16 ft long board. Employee #1 held one end of the 2-by-4 with his left hand and rested the other end on the ground. Due to the 8 ft length of the saw's power cord, Employee #1 was ripping and then feeding the board toward him. He had made one cut approximately 2 ft long and was starting to make a second cut when the saw kicked back. The blade went through the board and over Employee #1's left hand, which was positioned behind the saw blade, amputating his index finger, which was below the board. Employee #1 was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The lower guard was not prevented from operating automatically by pins, wedges, or other devices. The saw was plugged directly into an electrical box mounted approximately 6 feet off the ground on a temporary pole. No extension cords were in use. Employee #1 did not secure and support the board to prevent it from sagging and bending, and, consequently, the blade from binding.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, amputated, carpenter, finger, work rules, construction, circular saw, electric cord
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1 40
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310600432 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Other

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