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Accident: 202447702 - Employee Amputates Thumb Cutting Board With Circular Saw

Accident: 202447702 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 09/21/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12594247401/04/20081751David Grose Dba Coachella Valley Door & Trim
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on September 21, 2007, Employee #1, a finish carpentry contractor, was working alone inside the garage of a residence in Palm Desert, CA, replacing some interior doors while the owners were away. He was using a Skilsaw HD77M worm-drive circular saw, serial #58728-HG452622, to rip a portion of a 19 in. long 1-by-3 piece of redwood stock. Employee #1 was holding the saw in his right hand and the board in his left hand when the blade became jammed in the cut and kicked-back, traveling over his hand and amputating his left thumb. Employee #1 managed to wrap his injured thumb and use his cell phone to call 911. Emergency Services transported him to Eisenhower Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was then released the following day. It was routine for employees of the company to work alone and unsupervised.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, amputated, work rules, struck against, construction, thumb, circular saw, jammed, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125942474 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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