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Accident: 202452926 - Employee Amputates Finger Tip While Using Circular Saw

Accident: 202452926 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 11/13/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30717028211/17/20061522Dalah Construction Corp
On November 13, 2006, Employee #1 was cutting a small piece of plywood with a large circular hand-held portable saw. Employee #1 had been instructed by the site superintendent to cut strips of plywood to be used in a frame that would be used to secure blueprints and site drawings to an outdoor work bench. Employee #1 stated that he knew that he should have cut small strips from a larger piece mounted securely on a bench but that he elected on his own, out of view of supervisors, to stick a small scrap strip in the dirt and to hold it with the left hand while cutting with the right hand. The small piece shifted during cutting causing a kick back that amputated Employee #1's right index finger just above the nail line causing slight amputation of the finger tip. Employee #1 was treated for his injury but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, carpenter, finger, construction, circular saw
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307170282 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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