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Accident: 202464400 - Employee'S Face Is Cut By Saw

Accident: 202464400 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 01/03/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31019574801/04/20071623Sierra Cascade Construction, Inc.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on January 3, 2007, an employee and a coworker were installing an 8-in. pipe in the manhole. The coworker cut the first section of an 8-in.pipe and then the employee indicated that he would cut the second half of the pipe. When the employee was cutting the pipe with a 14-in.diamond abrasive wheel, STIL TS 400 Cutquik, saw, it kicked back at him. The employee fell backward to the trench shield. The employee's hand slipped from the throttle and the blade struck the face. The employee immediately got out of the trench and was assisted by other coworkers. The Los Angles County Fire Department was called, and they Medivaced the employee to UCLA Hospital. He was treated for a severe laceration from the top of the left eye to the bottom of the center of the chin of his face. The employee was in the hospital for one day.
Keywords: kick back, construction, saw, laceration, struck by, hand tool, face, manhole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Other Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310195748 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing underground plumbing conduit
FatCause: Other

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