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Accident: 202473369 - Employee'S Thumb Is Fractured By Circular Saw

Accident: 202473369 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 01/22/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30718361602/01/20071521Jw Contractors, Inc.
At 9:00 a.m. on January 22, 2007, Employee # was cutting a piece of lumber of 2 in. by 4 in. using a portable circular saw, Model Number HD77M, at a construction jobsite located in Covina, California. He held the lumber with his left hand and the saw with the right hand. As he was cutting into the lumber, it may have hit a knot in the lumber, which caused the saw to kick back towards him. As a result, the saw lacerated and fractured his left thumb. Employee #1 was hospitalized for less than 24 hours at the Citrus Valley Hospital. The guard on the saw was working properly, and Employee #1 stated that he did not wedge the guard.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, fracture, finger, guard, thumb, circular saw, laceration, lumber, hand tool
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307183616 Hospitalized injury Fracture Drywall installers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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